Portraits from Inner City Dublin in the 1980s


Meet the characters from Dublin’s inner city during the 1980s. Photographer Gerry Smith captured these compelling images in the Irish capital before it found a revitalization in the past decade as development opportunities took hold and many urban spaces were transformed by modern architecture. Smith’s photos were compiled into Dublin Inner City 1980s , an attractive, black and white photo book that exhibits the fascinating social and historical narrative of the city’s past. (There’s a video preview of the collection over here.) Most of the portraits are so boldly expressive, they’re almost like stills from a movie. Visit Smith’s website to see more of his impressive work, and click through our gallery to experience Dublin’s inner city life in the ’80s.

Gerry Smith, Moore St. Market [Spotted via Retronaut]

Gerry Smith, Royal Canal

Gerry Smith, Old Busker

Gerry Smith, Tenements

Gerry Smith, Happy Halloween

Gerry Smith, Delivery Man

Gerry Smith, Dubliner

Gerry Smith, Summerhill Kids

Gerry Smith, Old Woman

Gerry Smith, Gardiner St. Tenements

Gerry Smith, Fishmonger

Gerry Smith, Drinker