SAVANNAH, GA.- The Telfair Museum of Art presents Images of Ireland: Photographs by Alen MacWeeney, on view through May 20, 2007. Dublin-born photographer Alen MacWeeney (b. 1939) began working as a press photographer for the Irish Times at the age of 16. In 1961 he went to New York to work as an assistant to Richard Avedon and study with the renowned graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch. Since then, he has worked in many photographic genres, including portrait, travel, fashion, and news photography, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Travel+Leisure, Fortune and numerous other periodicals and books. However, MacWeeneys depictions of his native Ireland number among his most noteworthy images. This exhibition presents a portfolio of twelve Irish photographs by the artist. Published in 1979, the works range in date from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s, and depict timeless scenes of gritty urban life in Dublin alongside harmonious country landscapes. Irish people, their children, their homes, and their pets are all captured by MacWeeneys psychologically penetrative lens. In the statement accompanying this portfolio, the artist declares: An image has no meaning for me unless it has some qualities beneath the surface
There must be something more going on than one can see.