Library Photographic Exhibition: Through a Swedish Lens
Throughout March and April the Library will host a photographic exhibition entitled Through a Swedish Lens. It contains photographs taken in Ireland during the 1930s and 1940s by four Swedish folklorists and writers, C.W. von Sydow, Ake Campbell, Albert Eskerod and Harriett Hjorth Wetterstrom. The photographs were taken all around Ireland and many depict the people at work as well as the interiors and exteriors of Irish houses at the time.
The exhibition ties in with the Delargy Book Collection, the library of James Delargy (Seamus O Duilearga), Director of the Irish Folklore Commission, 1935-71. This collection contains over 4000 volumes on folklore, folklife and celtic studies. Delargy made a study trip to the Scandanavian countries in the late 1920s where he made contact with some of the scholars whose work is represented in the exhibition. This exhibition also connects with photographic material in other collections such as the Becker Collection and the Balfour Album.