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Ghosts of the Faithful Departed Hardcover – February 10, 2012

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Lush, colorful interiors of abandoned Irish rural houses, with such striking images that it becomes easy to forget that [Creedon] is documenting the crushing effect of years of emigration and poverty in his native land. --Publishers Weekly

In faded jewel tones, Creedon captures the melancholy of abandonment and neglect and evokes nostalgia for simpler times in Irish society. --Library Journal

David Creedon's haunting photographs of abandoned Irish emigrants' homes are all the more ghostly for their lively colors and poignant period props. --Salon.com

About the Author

David Creedon was born in Cork, Ireland. His work has received international acclaim and is regularly published. He has previously exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, London, Chicago, Bucharest, Sarajevo, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Nicosia, Thessaloniki and Sofia, as well as in galleries throughout Ireland. His work has been described 'as one of the most significant collections of photography in contemporary Ireland and will be amongst the most important works of Irish art in years to come', while another critic wrote, 'His photographs transcend the documentary form and enter the realm of art, they are poems in photographs'.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Pr (February 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891258
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 12 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,957,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loretto Leary on September 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of my brothers in Ireland gifted me a book entitled Ghosts of the Faithful Departed by David Creedon. It is a beautiful, sad, and poignant pictorial trip down memory lane.

As I browsed through the photographs I began to realize how important a part religion played in the generations before us.

In the 160 pages of this book the iconic Sacred Heart painting was displayed at least 14 times, I had to look hard to see the last few, but they are there!

Religious statues such as the Child of Prague, considered lucky in my home-place if the head was broken off, religious calendars, paintings of the Virgin Mary, prayer books, scapulars, memorial cards, and pictures of various popes feature no less than 37 times in the 160 pages.

It is a beautiful book and shows what holds meaning for people. An unworn dress, purchased in America, with tags still attached, hangs from the back of a bedroom door. Probably too fashionable to wear in Ireland at the time. Maybe a daughter bought it for her mother and sent it home to Ireland as a gift. It was never worn.

I pulled out a magnifying glass to see what stood on mantelpieces beside crucifixes and candlestick holders; a small tin of Brasso, no longer keeping things shiny, but collecting dust like everything else. A calendar dated 1974 droops lopsided from a wall.

The most distressing picture of all is actually two pictures of the same scene, each taken just twelve months apart. Time ravages not just the body, but the things the body builds to give it warmth and comfort.

My father often said, "Time nor tide waits for no man." Ghosts of the Faithful Departed is a brutal and vivid reminder that they don't.
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David Creedon is a great photographer. He sees whole lives in the scenes he photographs. These are not abandoned places, they still are people's homes which bore witness to and still convey the joys and the heartbreak,
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