THE TRAVELLERS AND THE TROUBLES
by Jamie Johnson and John Day
FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 20, 2024
This new photography exhibition brings together the unique perspectives of two distinguished photographers, Jamie Johnson and John Day. This showcase, running from February 2nd until April 20th, delves into the heart of Ireland’s history, presenting two distinct approaches to documenting a culture through the lens of monochrome photography. “The Travelers and The Troubles” presents a unique journey through time as well as a poignant reflection on Ireland’s past.
Sign up for our opening reception and for an artist talk and book signing with Jamie Johnson.
Jamie Johnson has spent her photographic career traveling the world to document children. This current body of work, ‘Growing Up Traveling’, focuses on the Irish Travellers who live in caravans along the roadside and in open fields across Ireland. The Travelers are a community of oral tradition, and Johnson’s work will help to visually document their rich culture. She returns frequently to record these families as they grow up, forging generational connections with this historically misunderstood community.
John Day spent the summer of 1972 in Belfast, Ireland, armed with newspaper press passes and a dream to become a journalist. He was there to write about The Troubles, and just happened to bring his Leica M2R along for the ride. After immersing himself in the community, it became clear this story was meant to be told on film. Capturing the atmosphere of daily life during this conflict, Day brings the viewer back in time with compositions full of joy hidden around corners alongside the tension. Day was in the area with his friend, Richard Dunne, on July 21st, now called Bloody Friday. After seeing the aftermath and following the victims to the hospital, Day vowed to become a doctor. For the last forty years, he worked as a Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician and now is happily retired in Woodstock, CT.