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Beckett and The Wake”- Fota House – 18th February



“Beckett and The Wake”- Fota House – 18th February.

A unique evening will take place at Fota House on Thursday, 18th February.   John Minihan, Internationally renowned photographer, will present his famous one man show, “Beckett and The Wake”, an illustrated talk on photography in the lives of Irish Writers.

John Minihan was born in Dublin in 1946 and raised in Athy, County Kildare.   At the age of 12 he was brought to live in London and went on to become an apprentice photographer with the Daily Mail.   At 21 he became the youngest staff photographer for the Evening Standard.   For thirty years he remained in London, returning every year to his home town of Athy to record the people and their daily lives.

In between documenting Athy on visits home, he continued his career on Fleet Street which resulted in the iconic photograph of a 19-year-old lady Diana Spencer in the garden of the nursery at which she worked, the sun at her back, her legs in silhouette through her dress.

His friendship with Samuel Beckett produced some of the most remarkable photographs ever taken of the writer.

He is currently a freelance photographer specializing in ‘the arts’.   His book of photographs of Samuel Beckett was published in 1995.   His photographs of Athy have been exhibited throughout the world.

Minihan’s many exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world include the museum of modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, 1984, Centre George Pompidou, Paris 1986, the National Portrait Gallery, London 1987/19988 and the October Gallery, London 1990 as well as the Guinness Hop Store, Dublin 1991.

For all those interested in photography and the arts, this is an evening not to be missed   As is usual in Fota House, a complimentary glass of wine will be served at the interval.

 “If you cannot see at a glance that the old game is up, that the camera has hopelessly beaten the pencil and paint brush as an instrument of artistic representation then you will never make a true critic, you are only, like most critics, a picture fancier”   George Bernard Shaw


Venue  :           Fota House                                                     Date:     Thursday 18th February

Time:               8.00 p.m.                                                         Tickets:  €20.00

Booking Essential.  To book contact Fota House 021 4815543

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