PHOTOGRAPHER and former Limerick Leader works manager Gerry Andrews has officially launched his magnificent new book of iconic pictures at the Hunt Museum.
Shaped by History – Photographs of Limerick in the 70s is a 150-page compendium of stunning black and white photographs, some accompanied by striking captions which were a popular part of the exhibition opened by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan earlier this summer at the city centre museum.
Although the photographs are black and white, the colour and flare of Limerick bursts from each and every page. Scenes from when the Model School burned down, the joys and hardships of local characters and day to day life in Limerick at that time are all captured in the hardback.
Gerry writes in an introductory article that the images taken in and around the Milk Market were intended to be “a photographic record of this community before it was lost forever”.
He continues: “These people owned very little, but money couldn’t buy what they possessed in abundance. They had character and principles and they knew the real value of life ... These were people who were willing to share what little they had with those less fortunate than themselves.”
Dr Edward Walsh, founding president of the University of Limerick, contributes a foreword to book and writes: “These photographs capture a decisive historic moment in the transition of the ancient city of Limerick and its region.”
The new volume also relates that Gerry’s interest in photography started as a 19-year old while working at the Leader. The photographs in the book were taken from the period 1971 to 1978.
The book is priced at €25.
Exclusive offer: Limerick Leader readers can purchase signed copies of Gerry Andrew’s Shaped by History from our office at 54 O’Connell Street and will also be entered in a free draw to win a superb framed and signed print of one of his best photographs.