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The 80’s return with Days Like These Exhibition

03 September 2018

Camerawork Derry will bring its fascinating photographic exhibition about what life was like in the 80’s to the Alley Theatre in Strabane this month.

‘Days Like These’ is a photographic snapshot of Derry in the 1980’s.  The collection is drawn from the photographic archive of Camerawork Darkrooms Derry (Camerawork).

  Established in 1982 in the Bogside Camerawork aimed to provide local people with the tools to help them create their own black and white images and document their lives’.

These black and white images depict a time when men walked greyhounds and women still worked in shirt factories.  A place where funerals were many and people marched for anything.   There are photographs that can only have been from the eighties, were dole queues had pencils on a string and Mohican wearing punks was not an uncommon sight.

This retrospective is often powerful depicting everything from the momentous to the mundane and is testament to the creative vision of the photographers involved.

The exhibitions curator Jim Collins says of the work “it is a valuable visual account seen through the lens of those within the community it depicts’.

The exhibition is currently on display at the Alley Theatre until 28th September.

For more information visit www.alley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444