Horses, Drink And God: Martin Parr’s Visions Of Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland 1981-1983

"I think the ordinary is a very under-exploited aspect of our lives because it is so familiar."

So Near and So Far is an exhibition of Martin Parr’s pictures that look at the effects of wealth and Americanisation of the West of Ireland in the 1980s. These photographs, by one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation and taken during his time living in Boyle, Co. Roscommon from 1981-1983, are laced with his characteristic wit and affection for his subject.

 

Martin Parr

Mayflower Ballroom. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1983.

Martin Parr

Ballaghaderreen. Corpus Christi Procession. 1980.

Martin Parr

Roscommon races. From ‘Bad Weather’. May 1981.

Martin Parr

E. J. McDermot Ltd. Cash Railway Terminal. Denise Hart. 1983.

Martin Parr

Keadue. Bungalow Bliss. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1980-1983.

Martin Parr

County Leitrim. Glenfarme. Rainbow Centre. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1980-83.

IRELAND. Boyle. County Roscommon. St John’s Eve bonfire. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1983.

Martin Parr

County Roscommon, Ballaghaderreen Fair, Ireland, 1981

County Roscommon. Errit. Coney Island Bar. John Ganly commemoration. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1983.

County Roscommon. Elfin. Amethyst Ballroom. From ‘A Fair Day’

All images © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos, via RossCommon Arts Centre