Ireland: In Word and Image
Photographs by Jay Ben Adlersberg
Editor: Samantha Bowser
Published by Welcome Books
276 pages, including 6 single gatefolds and 2 double gatefolds
Includes 160 full color photographs
9 7/8 x 13"
Hardcover, $60.00 ($60.00 CAN)
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Read Introduction Here
"Beyond the green land, the pubs and the auburn hair, is a rich culture dating back nine thousand years, including invasions by just about every nation in Northern Europe. The Irish have survived as a people, perhaps because of the genetics of hope, the richness of tale-telling and laughter, and the scent of peat in the air."
—Jay Ben Adlersberg
The Emerald Isle is known for its gorgeous countryside, and rightfully so. From the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic coastline to the lush meadows and lakes of the interior, Ireland is rich in awe-inspiring and serene imagery. In the cities too, the scenes are vibrant—modern architecture rubs shoulders with Georgian townhouses and Norman stonework, testifying to the island's twenty-first-century resurgence as the cosmopolitan "Celtic Tiger."
With a keen visual sensibility, photographer Jay Ben Adlersberg captures the tiniest details and the most magnificent vistas that make Ireland one of the world's loveliest places to travel—or to call home. The rich color images collected in this volume weave together Paleolithic monuments, medieval castles, quiet fishing villages, and bustling cities into one incredible portrait. From the eerie, astonishing hexagonal stones of the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim to the cozy atmosphere of a town pub in Belfast, from the heart-wrenching remains of homes abandoned long ago to the exquisite gardens of stately manors, each page offers a new glimpse of Ireland's manifold beauty. The prehistoric tombs of Newgrange, the Gothic peaks of St. Patrick's Cathedral, the sublime scenery of Connemara National Park, and the charm of countless country villages are all here.
Here too, is a journey through Ireland's history, accompanied by its greatest novelists, poets, and essayists. More than forty evocative Irish texts have been carefully selected to accompany Adlersberg's images, including the dramatic words of James Joyce, the humorous boyhood memories of Frank McCourt, the celebration of natural beauty in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and the folk tales of Douglas Hyde. With creativity, resilience, and pride, these excerpts from antiquity to modern day serve to reinforce and complement the powerful photos. Etched into the land itself, Irish history appears in the slope of a thatched roof, in the grass-grown remains of a Bronze Age ringfort, and in a centuries-old field tilled to this day. Here is the soul of a land where past hardships have given rise to tremendous arts and culture. Here is a book that reveals and captures the unique spirit that is Ireland.
Samantha Bowser supplies the rich and nuanced captions for the more than 160 full-color photographs.
Welcome Books thanks Tourism Ireland for its support of this book.