May 10, 2013 6:33 pm

Snapshot: ‘Union Jack Flag in Tree, County Tyrone, 1985’

Belfast Exposed marks its anniversary with an exhibition of three decades of photography from Northern Ireland
‘Union Jack Flag in Tree, County Tyrone, 1985’©Courtesy of Anthony Reynolds Gallery

‘Union Jack Flag in Tree, County Tyrone, 1985’

In 1983, in Northern Ireland, at the height of the civil disturbances known as the Troubles, a group of local photographers created “Belfast Exposed”, a community project and gallery aimed at reclaiming the city's image.

Thirty years on, the now-renowned gallery is celebrating its anniversary with an exhibition of three decades of photography from Northern Ireland.

The show ranges from shocking and familiar press-commissioned images of violence to a newer, more gallery-influenced style of photography developed by artists such as Paul Graham, whose “Union Jack Flag in Tree, County Tyrone, 1985” is shown above.

As Graham himself has explained, the “apparently innocuous landscape photographs” that make up his ‘Troubled Land’ series were in fact each “booby-trapped... with a small device that launched it into a political area, and made the landscape act as a reflection on that society.”

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