A selection from my newly launched ibook: "IRISH TINKERS, A Portrait of Irish Travellers in the 1970's". The book was originally published in 1976 and the hard copy is now out of print.
Through photographs and transcripts, the book documents this resilliant nomadic subculture and it's battle in the 1970s to survive independently and to remain unfettered by persuasions of education, television and the authorities to conform. A way of life based on basic survival and extraordinarily close family ties. A community in transition.
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Please note: The transcripts alongside the photographs are not the words spoken by the people depicted in the particular photograph. They are however accurate transcriptions of the words of Irish Tinker interviewed
In the early 1970's, I spent five years traveling back and forth to Ireland visiting and photographing the Irish Tinkers (now called Travellers). I was fascinated by their nomadic lifestyle and their ability to survive and live independently despite the efforts of society and the authorities to force them into permanent campsite or houses.
It was a way of life based on extrordinarily close family ties, a resistance to acquisition of material possessions and an honest philosophy of making do: using other peoples spare change, trees as washing lines, a farmers field for grazing ponies, scrap tin for making pots and pans. Children were taught to live by their wits; accepting death and trouble with the same fatalism as they would storms and bad weather.
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