A Photo Album of Ireland

This touring exhibition emerges from an ongoing democratic archive that is a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary histories, viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families. From the earliest photographs taken in the 1850s to the advent of the digital era in the early 1990s, these images reveal details about how people lived, worked, and gathered that official historical records may have overlooked.

Taken as a whole, this collection of more than 120 photographs creates a rich tapestry of images that tells of the triumphs and turmoils in the life of a nation. From quotidian scenes of pastoral picnics, holiday celebrations, and parlor portraits to snapshots documenting the impact of The Troubles in the North; from joyful wedding parties to solemn funerary processions; from the documentation of Irish historical sites by the world-reknowned Shackleton family to the unheralded efforts of an anonymous family photographer; A Photo Album of Ireland presents the people’s account of history that is at once personal and powerful.

The exhibition will present an extensive range of digitized images from early Ambrotype portraits and informal Box Brownie images through to 35mm documentary photographs and Polaroid images. The overall exhibition design concept will emulate that of a family photo album, with images of various sizes installed salon style.

This exhibition was organized with support from Culture Ireland’s International Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland 2016.

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A Photo Album of Ireland is touring November 2016 through October 2021. The dates below reflect seven-week exhibition periods. Dates are subject to change; please contact MoreArt@maaa.org or (800) 473-3872 x208/209 for current availability.

  • November 10, 2016–January 7, 2017 Sioux City Public Museum
    Sioux City, IA
  • January 28–March 16, 2017 Kansas City Public Library
    Kansas City, MO
  • April 6–May 25, 2017
  • June 16–August 11, 2017
  • September 1–October 20, 2017
  • November 10, 2017–January 7, 2018
  • January 28–March 16, 2018 Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
    Moorhead, MN
  • April 6–May 25, 2018 Wichita Public Library
    Wichita, KS
  • June 16–August 11, 2018
  • September 1, 2018–January 7, 2019 Everhart Museum of Natural History
    Scranton, PA
  • January 28–March 16, 2019 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
  • April 6–May 25, 2019
  • June 16–August 11, 2019
  • September 1–October 20, 2019
  • November 10, 2019–January 7, 2020
  • January 28–March 16, 2020
  • April 6–May 25, 2020
  • June 16–August 11, 2020
  • September 1–October 20, 2020

Exhibition Details

122 digitized photographs

  • Content

    Fee Includes
    Press Kit
    Registrar’s Packet
    Programming Guide
    Gallery Guide
    Text Panels
    Narrative Labels
    Full Insurance
    Installation Instructions
    Custom-Designed and Built CratesCurated by
    Gallery of Photography, Ireland

  • Curated By

    Gallery of Photography, Ireland

  • Organized By

    ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance, in partnership with Culture Ireland

  • Out-of-Region Rental Fee


  • In-Region Rental Fee

    September 1–October 20, 2019

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Shipping

    Van Line

  • Running Feet


  • Square Feet


  • Security


  • Number of Crates/Total Weight


  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by ExhibitsUSA at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.