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26th Aug 2021

This incredible Dublin exhibition portrays a history of living with pride

Katy Thornton

A photographic story of living with pride.

Christopher Robson was an Irish gay rights activist. He helped found the Dublin Gay and Lesbian Equality  Network and contributed to the Gay Health Action, Ireland’s first response to the AIDS crisis. Robson was gay in a time when homosexuality was illegal in Ireland, and it took more than bravery to create the work that he did at the time. The photographer sadly passed away in 2013, but his legacy lives on through his work.

In 2015, Robson’s partner Bill Foley donated 2,000 of his photographs to the National Photographic Archive. These photos document the years between 1992 and 2007, meaning some of these photos date back before the decriminalisation of homosexuality. The bilingual exhibition is titled Living with Pride, a reflection of the way Robson lived for his 66 years. The collection depicts pride marches across the globe, but Irish ones in particular. Foley hoped by donating these photos that Pride could be accurately and rightfully represented in Ireland’s history.

This is a free exhibition, and can be viewed in person at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, or online through this link.

The exhibition will continue until November 2021, so you still have plenty of time to check it out.

It’s open every day 10-4 except Sundays where it is only open 12-4.

Header image via Instagram/nationallibraryofireland

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