Castleisland Camera Club AGM and Shooting The Darkness

Former Irish Times photographer, Tom Lawlor will feature in tonight’s Shooting the Darkness documentary on RTÉ One at 10:35pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Castleisland Camera Club will hold its AGM on Thursday night, February 7th at 7.30pm in the RCC Building, Tralee Road Industrial Estate. New members will be welcomed.

In existence since March 2017, the club has had a couple of very successful charity exhibitions / coffee mornings, talks and outings.

Meanwhile, club members and photography enthusiasts in general may be interested to know that the documentary Shooting The Darkness is scheduled to be screened on RTÉ One tonight, January 30th at 10.35pm.

Powerful Documentary

A powerful new documentary about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own northern Irish towns.

They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them.

They expected a career of wedding photography and celebrity photo-calls and instead the images they produced during the worst years of the Troubles would come to define that conflict.

In a Single Frame

The press photographer deals in single images that must distill story, character and context into a single frame which is often more impactful than moving images of the same event.

What did it cost these men to take those pictures? What was the value of those images as the conflict raged on for 25 years?

These moral and ethical questions are at the heart of this illuminating documentary by Tom Burke.

Link with The Crown Hotel

Incidentally, one of the photographers contributing to the documentary, Dubliner, Tom Lawlor was a great ambassador for The Crown Hotel during the late Mrs. Betty Knight’s era there.

He stayed there on several occasions during his Irish Times days and sang its praises where ever he went.

I met him on the street here one day and we drifted in for a drink or two and himself and Mrs.Knight met and were like old friends reunited.

Shooting The Darkness RTÉ One, Wednesday night, January 30th at 10.35pm.

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