In the late 1960s, simmering social and sectarian tensions erupted into street conflict in Northern Ireland. International photojournalism, its style honed in the Vietnam War, flew in to witness and report. This overview was quickly challenged by a wave of young, local press and freelance photographers, driven to bring local perspective, experience and context to the wider world picture.
At the same time, photography was used, as ever, to capture a more personalised record of time, event and place. It also continued to be employed to inform broader local agendas in areas such as planning and marketing.
This exhibition draws on the Ulster Museum’s expanding collections of photography of the recent past, to look at how the visual record of life in Northern Ireland developed during the years of ‘The Troubles’.