© Erich Hartmann Estate / Magnum Photos / courtesy CLAIRbyKahn
Erich Hartmann, German/American, 1922 - 1999
Title: Guinness Brewery, Saint James Gate, Dublin, 1964
Date: 1964
Medium: Silver gelatin print
22.5 x 34 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2018
Object Number: NGI.2018.114
DescriptionErich Hartmann visited Dublin for the first time in 1964. He had already explored the city extensively in his imagination, ever since he first read James Joyce’s Ulysses. But now he came in reality, and he brought his cameras. Eager to understand the strange mix that spawned great artistry but repelled the artist, he wandered the city searching out every place and incident of Joyce’s fictional June day sixty years before. This search resulted in more than an evocation of a novel. It is a record of Erich Hartmann’s own journey of discovery through Dublin, captured in over 3,000 images.
One of the stops on Hartmann’s journey through Dublin was the Guinness Brewery where he shot a number of photographs that offer a behind-the scenes look at it. In this particular work, a trail of beer barrels draws the viewer into the interior of the brewery and directs their gaze to a number of staff who are enjoying a pint and conversation with their colleagues while on a break. As in many other photographs by Hartmann, there is a vivid contrast between light and shadow in this work. Stark artificial light pervades the scene and is reflected in the damp floor and steel surfaces of the casks. In addition, in keeping with his photographic style, Hartmann situates the viewer in the space of those he photographs so that they are part of the action rather than a mere voyeur.
ProvenanceErich and Ruth Hartmann, 1964-2007; Clair by Kahn Gallery, 2007; purchased, Clair by Kahn Gallery, Zurich, 2018
Inscriptionon verso, upper left (in pencil, print code): 64 - 30 -17
on verso, upper left: Eire
on verso (Wet stamp): Magnum Photo, New York
on verso (sticker): Magnum Photo, London
on verso (stamp): Copyright Erich Hartmann / Magnum