View Photos Of Titanic By Fr Frank Browne
A selection of iconic images taken by one of the 20th century’s most significant photographers are on display in Titanic Belfast for the first time – view some of the best here on Culture Northern Ireland
Frank Browne – Through The Lens is an exhibition of over 100 photographs taken by Father Frank Browne, a man generally acknowledged as as the 'father of photojournalism'.
The free exhibition, which runs in Titanic Belfast until March 31, 2015, includes striking images taken by Fr Browne during his time serving as a chaplain in the First World War, and, subsequently, onboard the most famous ship in history, the ill-fated White Star liner, Titanic.
Cork-born Frank Browne took his first photographs during a European tour in 1897, just before joining the Jesuits. In 1912 he earned worldwide fame when his Titanic photographs were published by a host of newspapers. Thereafter he travelled the world, taking photographs everywhere he went, and died in 1960, his work largely forgotten.
Many hundreds of his negatives lay undiscovered until 1985, when one Father Edward O'Donnell came across a large trunk in the Irish Jesuit Provincial's house. Since then, the photography world has compared Fr Browne to greats such as Henri Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau – though his work predated theirs by decades.
Launching the exhibition, Titanic Belfast CEO Tim Husbands MBE said: 'Fr Browne’s images from the Titanic are some of the most iconic images to have emerged from the 20th century in Ireland. The fact that these photographs may never have been recovered if Fr Browne had made the onward journey to New York – as he had hoped to do – make these photographs even more poignant.
'While some of the Titanic images are on display in our galleries, this exhibition will enable Titanic Belfast visitors to appreciate his large body of international work, which constitutes a fascinating appreciation of a rapidly-evolving world. I’ve no doubt this exhibition will prove to be one of the highlights of Northern Ireland’s arts calendar this year.'
'Doug Spedden Playing on Deck of Titanic, 1912'
'Miss Riley Makes Her Entrance, Slea Head, County Kerry, 1932'
'Evening Shadows, Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin, 1932'
'Get Your Hair Cut, O'Connell Street, Dublin, 1933'
'Children's Tea Party, Dublin, 1940'