Robert L. Chapman’s Ireland

Christiaan Corlett
Published in 2008, hardback, 133pp, illustrated
Published by Collins Press
The Chapman Collection is a unique collection of photographs spanning half-century from 1907 to 1957. Robert L. Chapman (1891-1965), a keen photographer and cyclist, began taking photographs at the age of sixteen. Most likely self-taught, he was skilled with the camera and had an instinctive eye for capturing beauty in a single shot. As Chapman cycled the Irish countryside, he photographed a range of subjects from boats and trains to landscapes and buildings, as well as his family, friends and fellow cyclists. This never before-published selection of his extraordinary photographs also includes historic events such as the burning of the Custom House in Dublin. Chapman’s collection of photographs is enhanced by his meticulous catalogue: each photograph has a unique reference number with information on the time, date and technical detail. Over 100 remarkable photographs are reproduced, many complemented by Chapman’s journal entries – at turns descriptive and witty – and are drawn from an archive of around 3,000 pictures.

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