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Priest's photographs of Titanic go on display for first time

By Linda Stewart

The stunning work of a priest famed for his photographic images of RMS Titanic is to go on display in Northern Ireland for the first time.

Frank Browne: Through The Lens is an exhibition of more than 100 photographs taken by the famous Titanic passenger Father Frank Browne - often described as the "father of photo journalism" - who was ordered off the liner by his superior at Cobh.

The free exhibition, which opened yesterday, includes striking images taken by Fr Browne during his time serving as a chaplain in the First World War as well as a range of pictures from his world travels.

Cork-born Fr Browne took his first photographs during a European tour in 1897, just before joining the Jesuits. In 1912, he earned worldwide fame when his Titanic photographs were published by a host of newspapers.

By 1916, he was a First World War chaplain to the Irish Guards. Fr Browne was active in the photo-exhibition world and wrote articles for The Kodak Magazine.

During his life he made 41,500 negatives. He died in 1960 and his work was largely forgotten. The images lay undiscovered until 1985 when Fr Edward O'Donnell came across a large trunk and found it packed with negatives which have now been restored.

 

Frank Browne: Through The Lens is free and on display at Titanic Belfast until March 31.

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