In 1965 Dublin-born photographer Alen MacWeeney stumbled across a Travellers’ encampment and became fascinated with their way of life. He spent the next six years making photographs and recording their stories and music. Despite shooting the photos in the late ’60s, it wasn’t until 2007 that he found a publisher for his work.
In his book, Irish Travellers: Tinkers No More — which also comes with a CD of Traveller music recordings — MacWeeny shows us a gritty, intimate portrait of the people he eventually came to call friends. He compares the Travellers to the migrant farmers of the American Depression: “poor, white, and dispossessed.”
“Theirs was a bigger way of life than mine, with its daily struggle for survival, compared to my struggle to find images symbolic and representative of that life,” he said in his book.
Photo Credit: Alen MacWeeney