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.
Mayflower Ballroom. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1983.
Ballaghaderreen. Corpus Christi Procession. 1980.
Roscommon races. From ‘Bad Weather’. May 1981.
E. J. McDermot Ltd. Cash Railway Terminal. Denise Hart. 1983.
Keadue. Bungalow Bliss. From ‘A Fair Day’. 1980-1983.
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.
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