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People of the Road: The Irish Travellers (Irish Studies) Hardcover – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Irish Studies
  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd); 1st edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815604769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815604761
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's difficult to review a photographic collection, but the introductory essay, all too briefly, sets up the three decades over which Oppersdorf, an American photojournalist, tracked on camera various Irish traveller families. He was lucky to be able to record their last days on the road, as since the 1970s-mid 90s here documented, many travellers have settled into more permanent dwellings. These photos show many careworn faces, women at early ages looking much older under the burden of many children, men equally weary of a hard existence in the often unforgiving Irish climate, and children gazing at the lens with mingled suspicion and interest.

In his sensitive introduction, that could and should have been far more in-depth, given what Oppersdorff's capable of telling us, the photographer indicates how wary his subjects were of his presence. I believe this would've merited much more detail, and the sparse presentation of this book--63 plates and maybe 3000 words of text at best, only begins to whet one's curiousity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Cahoon on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The previous reviewer stated that he thought this might just be a collection of good traveling photographs... Not so. I helped Mathias edit this book many moons ago... He traveled back to Ireland on multiple occasions to document the lives of these people... only a small fraction of them ended up in this publication.

I agree that the book is grossly overlooked... Oppersdorff has the ability to capture the soul of a fellow human in a way that words do not do justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quelnumero on February 10, 2011
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These are good pictures, mostly from the early 1970's, with some more recent pictures. There is little commentary and the pictures do not amount to a photoessay, however. I suspect the author just happened to have some random, but high quality, traveller photos in his career collection which he (correctly) assumed would be publishable. The only reasons to get this book are that 1) he is an excellent photographer, and 2) so few journalists have paid any attention to this fascinating subculture.
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