John Minihan Exbition of Writers at Sligo Central Library

John Minihan: Sligo, a literary town – Photography exhibition

Photographer, John Minihan entertained an enthralled audience in a special edition of The Word at Sligo Central Library, when he launched our new exhibition.

Currently on display in Sligo Central Library is a collection of photographs of writers taken in Sligo by John Minihan in 2022. This follows on from an earlier collection taken in Sligo in 2009.

The 2022 collection features Kevin Barry, John Kavanagh, Louise Kennedy and Una Mannion. This project is supported by Creative Ireland.

John Minihan was born in Dublin in 1946 and raised in Athy, County Kildare. At the age of 12 he was brought to live in London, and went on to become an apprentice photographer with the Daily Mail. At 21 he became the youngest staff photographer for the Evening Standard. For thirty years he remained in London, returning every year to his hometown of Athy to record the people and their daily lives.

In between documenting Athy on visits home, Minihan continued his career on Fleet Street, which included the iconic snap of a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer in the garden of the nursery she worked at, the morning sun to her back, her legs in silhouette through her skirt.

Over the years Minihan developed a close relationship with many writers and his photographs of Samuel Beckett show a particular affinity between the two men. William Burroughs once referred to Minihan as “a painless photographer”.

His friendship with Samuel Beckett produced some of the most remarkable photographs ever taken of the writer.

John Minihan: Sligo, a literary town exhibition can be view in Sligo Central Library until the 30th of November.