From Tuesday 7th March to Saturday 8th April 2017, the Jackie Clarke Collection will host a fascinating photographic exhibition entitled “In My Grandfather’s Time”. This historic photography exhibition will showcase the work of JJ Leonard, the renowned photographer and Irish Volunteer.
Jack Leonard was born locally in Crossmolina, Co. Mayo in 1182, and emigrated with his family to London in 1900. While living in London, he trained in journalism, with the Illustrated London News, learning skills in illustration and photography that he put to good use over the years.
Returning to Ireland in 1906, he set up his own photographic business, and over the years, his work took him around the county capturing images of his customers – mostly ordinary families who put on their best attire to have ‘their likeness recorded’ – those in the ‘Big House’, the Clergy and the local and national media. He also photographed all aspects of rural life, the plight of the small farmer and the Land War of the west including evictions.
Jack joined the Volunteers in 1914, and fought in the War of Independence and Civil War, capturing images from these and from the Land War. In later years, he ran his business from O’Rahilly Street in Ballina, neighbouring his old friend, Jackie Clarke’s premises on the main street of the town.
Jack’s grandson, Anthony continues the photographic business and is currently researching Jack’s life and the context of many of the old photos, to share in a future book.
” In My Grandfather’s Time ” will be officially opened in the Jackie Clarke Collection by Dara Calleary TD on 15th March.
More information: clarkecollection.ie/events