#MyOldNegatives

#MyOldNegatives




25/06/14

Eric Luke has been a staff photographer with the Irish Times since 1990. He has recently turned to Twitter to post some of his collection of 20,000 negatives that document Irish life in the 70s and 80s.

Words: Ciaran Walsh // @kowalshki
All imagery: Copyright of Eric Luke // @ericluke2

Eric Luke was a staff photographer with the Evening Press in the 70s and 80s before joining the Irish Times in 1990, where he still works today. He’s covered five Olympic Games, World Cups (in both football and rugby), the troubles in Northern Ireland, the famine in Somalia and Mother Theresa’s funeral in Calcutta among many, many, other things. But it is his work on his days off that he has taken to Twitter with. They form a looking glass into our recent past, of hot summers, festivals, famous visitors and normal, everyday life.

There are plans for a full exhibition down the line but to see more follow @ericluke2 or search the hashtag #myoldnegatives.

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Pearse Street, Dublin, in the 1970s

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Dublin street scene, 35 years ago.

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 “Security personnel” at Queen concert at Slane in the ’80s.

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 Cooling down the fans at David Bowie gig at Slane Ireland in the 1980s.

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Cooling down the fans at U2 gig in Croke park Dublin in the 1980s

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A currach race in the West of Ireland in the 1980s

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 Smithfield Horse Fair, Dublin, 1980s

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 Fans at David Bowie gig at Slane Ireland in the 1980s

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Dalkey barber, Don McClure, in the 1980s.

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 David Bowie, Slane, 1980s

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Pierce Brosnan in pre-007 days

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Actor Martin Sheen and local man Des O’Brien in Dalkey Co. Dublin in the 1980s

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Mick Jagger, Slane, Ireland in the 1980s.

 





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