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Watching—A Street Scene, Dublin, Ireland

Accession Number
1981/2.168.9

Title
Watching—A Street Scene, Dublin, Ireland

Artist(s)
Alen MacWeeney

Artist Nationality
New Ireland

Object Creation Date
1965-1966, printed 1979

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
19 13/16 in x 15 15/16 in (50.4 cm x 40.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Carl W. Melcher

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a street scene in the Irish city of Dublin. Centrally composed, it shows a view of an alleyway street, paved with cobblestones and lined with low, two-story apartments. The street isn’t long, it terminates at a shadowed wall three doors down. On opposite sides of the alley stand an old woman and a young boy. They stare at one another, the woman slightly stooped forward, the young boy apprehensively standing contrapposto. The photograph appears to have been created at the moment of some interaction between the two, as if in the gap between sentences. The parallel lines created by the street and rooftops create an arena-like symmetry, and heightens the tension of the scene, enhancing the moment of anticipation between the two figures.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a view of a cobblestone alleyway. On opposite sides of the street stand an old woman and a young boy.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Ireland
Irish
alleys
alleys (streets)
buildings
buildings (structures)
children (people by age group)
cobble
modern and contemporary art
standing
street scenes
streets
urban environments
walking
women (female humans)

6 Related Resources

Architecture in photography 1949-1989
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Documentary Photography & Social Realism
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Ireland
(Part of: Land and People)
Social Justice
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Social Justice and Art 1946-1968
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)

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