Unseen Troubles Photos at Nerve Visual

Gilles Caron's never before exhibited images of the Battle of the Bogside in Derry~Londonderry are now on display at the former Turner Prize gallery

A series of full colour images, taken by world-renowned photographer Gilles Caron at the events that became known as the Battle of the Bogside in Derry~Londonderry, have gone on display at the Nerve Visual Gallery in Ebrington.

Gilles Caron – In Colour includes a remarkable new series of 16 large colour prints of individuals caught up in the events of August 1969, that have never before been exhibited in Northern Ireland. A further 16 smaller photographs and large wall graphics from Paris Match, detailing a five-page photo-story of Caron’s visit to the city during an intense period of rioting, also feature.

The exhibition is part of an ongoing partnership project between the Nerve Centre and the Fondation Gilles Caron, following on from the success of the Picturing Derry exhibition during City of Culture 2013. In 2014, the Fondation donated fifteen archival prints from the collection of Gilles Caron to the city, some of which feature in the new exhibition of Caron’s work.


Curator Declan Sheehan said: 'Caron became a legendary figure in the field of photojournalism following his death in 1970, and is regarded as one of the greatest photographers to have covered The Troubles.

'From 1965 to 1970 he made iconic photographs of a series of wars and social conflicts across the globe, creating mesmerizing images of individuals in instances of public and private drama. He was mainly known for shooting in black and white, so these colour photographs are a rare opportunity for visitors to see a new side of his work.'

Gilles Caron – In Colour is the second exhibition in the former Turner Prize Galleries in Ebrington after the spaces were re-opened by the Nerve Centre in May of this year. It will run until October 30.

Nerve Visual Gallery, Eighty81, Ebrington. Opening hours: Tues - Fri, 11am - 5pm, Sat & Sun, 12pm - 6pm. Entry is free.