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About

Launched in 2014, Man on Bridge is a photo collection project that gathers the photos and tells the story of Arthur Fields, a street photographer who captured passersby on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The story of Arthur and the photos he took culminated in a book , an exhibition and a television documentary that was broadcast on RTE 1 on the 28th of December 2014. Follow the project on Facebook for future news.

Arthur took hundreds of thousands of photos throughout his career but no negatives survive. The goal of the project is to gather these photos from personal collections and create an alternative photographic archive of Dublin city, one that reveals how we lived, how the city and its people changed over fifty years.

Arthur was just one of many street photographers who worked in Dublin over the years. Although he was the most prominent and enjoyed the lengthiest career as a street photographer, this website also aims to celebrate the other photographers who shared the streets with Arthur.

Support the project on Patreon will help the project continue, help us receive more photo submissions, cover the server costs of the archive and maintain the online community built around the photos of Arthur Fields.

The project is the creation of EZ Films . This online platform has been funded by both the Arthur Guinness Projects cultural initiative and EZ Films.

  • Ciarán Deeney – Project Director and Producer
  • David Clarke – Producer
  • Niall de Buitlear – Community Manager
  • Dave Bolger – Development
  • Stephen Mangan – Digital Project Manager
  • Karen Hanratty – Designer
  • Cinematographer – JJ Rolfe
  • David Byrne – Editor
  • Hernan Castelli – Art Direction
  • Production Assistants – Margaret Gibbons, Rebecca Bermingham

Partners:

  • RTÉ
  • Arthur Guinness Projects
  • Dublin City Council
  • Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar
  • Digital Media ArdsRealax Web Awards Winner 2015

This project has been a long time coming and we wish to thank all those wonderful people who have helped make this possible including:

The Family of Arthur Fields, Lisa Deeney, Drive Content, Orla Fitzpatrick, Garry O’Neill, Niall McCormack, Martin Mooney, Brian Whelan, Brian Murphy, Trish Lambe, Tanya Kiang, Berminghams Cameras, Gunne Cameras, Sarah Ryder, Colm Quinn, Liam O’Cathasaigh, Eibhlin Roach, Hitone Books, Anne-Marie Kelly, Con Collins, Gavin Halpin, David Davison, the Irish Professional Photographers Association, Trish Brennan, Deirdre Laird, Natalie Christie, FujiFilm, Jackie Farrell, Grehan Printers, Karen Ruddock, Sarah Dillon, Kevin Denny, David Denny, Ballymun Stevo, Laura Bergin, Ruarí O’Cuiv, Ray Yeates, Clerys, Angela Smith, Dave Leahy, Sybil Cope, Angela Scanlon, Chris O’Dowd, Ben Readman, Róise Goan, Cllr. Christy Burke, Block-T Dark Room, Anthony McGuinness, John Curran, Mella Travers, Peter Kavanagh, Active Retirement Ireland, Dublin Ghost Signs, Age Action, Ryan Tubridy, Elayne Devlin, Róisín O’Dea, the Late Late Show, Denise Dunphy, The Factory, In the Company of Huskies, Martin Busch, Scanners.ie, Epson Ireland, Derek Cullen, Colin Lawlor, Business To Arts, Andrew Hetherington, Designist, DIT Media Department.

Images and video included in this project are courtesy of: