Belfast Telegraph

Photographs tell powerful story of our troubled years

By Brett Campbell

A new exhibition revealing the desolation and destruction experienced during the Troubles will be launched in Belfast next week.

The series of exclusive and poignant photographs will be on display at the Linen Hall Library from Tuesday as part of the "Melancholy Witness; Images of the Troubles" project by Sean Hillan.

He hopes the "documentary feel" of his images will "elicit a powerful emotional response" from visitors.

The artist has previously received high praise from the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

"The images have a documentary accuracy, but it is the aura of melancholy witness that marks them as the work of Sean Hillen," said the acclaimed poet.

The project seeks to document the "powerful and compelling story of unrest, beauty and change" which has unfolded over the past few decades here.

The first Belfast showing, which is exclusive to the Linen Hall, will run until May 5.

Other exhibits will depict 19th century work life in the city, illustrate how the Royal Air Force was formed and raise money for the RNLI lifeboat charity.

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