Search continues for Limerick boy photographed in 1970s

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A LIMERICK photographer is continuing his mission to track down a young boy he photographed in the city some 40 years ago, as the image will be used on the front cover of his forthcoming book.

A LIMERICK photographer is continuing his mission to track down a young boy he photographed in the city some 40 years ago, as the image will be used on the front cover of his forthcoming book.

Gerry Andrews, whose exhibition ‘Shaped by History - Limerick in the 1970s’ - continues to run in the Hunt Museum, has identified virtually all the people he photographed decades ago in this iconic display. However, the identity of the young boy still eludes him.

“A lot of people have said to me there’s a look of sadness in his eyes, but I like to think that it’s a look of hope. Life was all ahead of him and I’d love to know what happened to him. His eyes would just capture your heart,” he said.

Gerry will be self-publishing a 180-page book of Limerick photographs before Christmas, after he was inundated by requests from people to have a full compendium of his work.

“I’m just delighted and over-whelmed by people’s response to the exhibition. Last month 9,800 people went to see the exhibition, and numbers of visitors are up 60%. It was the level of interest in the exhibition that has encouraged me to do the book,” he said.

With over 350 people attending the opening, people from Australia and Salt Lake City have been buying his work. The images, which shot to prominence after being featured extensively in the Limerick Leader last year, have captured people’s attention from as far away as Hawaii and the Solomon Islands, and many Limerick expatriates across the world have contacted him to identify their relatives. While he has photographed tribes and cultures in some of the world’s remotest spots, the very first images he took, predominantly in the Milk Market, seem to have the most resonance for people. The exhibition will run until September.