Famous ‘Troubles’ photos gifted to Derry

Gilles Caron was in Derry to capture the aftermath of the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969.

Gilles Caron was in Derry to capture the aftermath of the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969.

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Iconic photos of Derry from the early days of the ‘Troubles’ are to be gifted to the city.

The images were captured by world-renowned photographer Gilles Caron during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969.

Gilles Caron photographed the annual Apprentice Boys of Derry parade in Derry in August 1969.

Gilles Caron photographed the annual Apprentice Boys of Derry parade in Derry in August 1969.

The Gilles Caron Foundation - which curates the late photographer’s work - has gifted fifteen images from the collection to Derry.

The images will go on display at the Void Gallery, Patrick Street, from October 28.

In 1970, Gilles Caron disappeared on a road between Cambodia and Vietnam controlled by Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.

Caron’s previously unseen photos taken during the Battle of the Bogside formed a key part of the ‘Picturing Derry’ exhibition in the city last year.

The Nerve Centre event was one of the most popular photographic exhibitions ever held in Derry.

The event was attended by Caron’s daughter, Marjolaine, as well as representatives of the Gilles Carons Foundation.

Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, says Gilles Caron’s work has a particular resonance in Derry.

“We are extremely excited at the prospect of exhibiting his work here again,” he said. “I’m delighted that the success of ‘Picturing Derry’ has led to this amazing gift. We hope this will lead to a lasting relationship with the Caron Foundation which will lead to further work together in the future.”

In addition, the Nerve Centre is also presenting an exhibition of Wade Goddard photographs taken during the siege of Mostar in 1992.

Goddard arrived in the former Yugoslavia in April 1992 to try his hand at photojournalism, discovering his passion not only with the art but also with the region itself. Over the next ten or so years, he covered the events in the former Yugoslavia as a freelance photographer for Reuters, the New York Times and Newsweek.

At the same time, next door in the City Factory Gallery, will be Void’s latest exhibition, ‘Civil Rights – We have it in our power to begin the world over again’, curated by Lynette Yiadom Boakye and Maolíosa Boyle.

The exhibition looks at the black civil rights movement through historical photographs, documents and contemporary art and explores how it impacted on civil rights in Derry and Northern Ireland.

Declan Sheehan, curator of the ‘Picturing Derry’ exhibition, says: ‘Through their work, both Wade Goddard and Gilles Caron have brought to international attention the dangers and problems of divided societies throughout the world.

“The success of the ‘Picturing Derry’ exhibition shows that there is an appetite among the people of this city to re-examine the recent past and, perhaps, see it with new eyes through the medium of photography.”

‘Decisive Moments: Gilles Caron in Derry’, by Gilles Caron, ‘Enclave’, by Wade Goddard, and ‘Civil Rights - We have it in our power to begin the world over again’, will all launch on Saturday, October 25, from 7.30pm.

The exhibitions run from October 28 until December 20 at the Void Gallery and the City Factory Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry.

For further information, go to www.nervecentre.org.