Co Kildare photographer releases a new perspective on Charles Haughey
A Co Kildare photographer is exhibiting new photos of Charles Haughey until November 22 at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar.
new e xhibition
of photographs by Eamonn Farrell, Athgarvan, examines the public image of Charles Haughey –
controversial politician since the foundation of the state. With his Napoleonic
manner, driving ambition
extravagant private life, Haughey remains a compelling and divisive figure in the Irish political
a Taoiseach, he
was before his time in understan ding
the power of the image: he knew
use photographers to his advantage, and
himself easily available to them. Eamonn
elevated perception of h imself.
‘Haughey the stat esman’
in the grandiose splendo r
of his mansion. In gesture and body
we can observe
the fawning deference paid
him by his political cronies, and
which he was held by the party faithful .
Included also are images depicting the
passionate anger he
in many outside the party fold.
exhibition is a chance to observe Haughey and a cast of supporting characters including Brian Lenihan,
Mary O’Rourke, Bertie Ahern and
PJ Mara at
work in their native political habitats – Ard
press conferences, and fundraising dinners .
The frame also widens to include the role of
and photographers such
Geraldine Kennedy, Gerard
Speirs, while the eagle-eyed will also spot a young Richard Boyd Barrett among the protestors.
sheds light on the often chaotic interplay between the party political machine and the media. This
relationship is explored
in a sustained sequence of photographs from ‘The
Heave’ of 7
– when Haughey surprised everyone by surviving yet another challenge to his leadership.