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The Tenements as seen on TV3 by Dominic Lee

The Tenements, as seen on TV3 by Dominic Lee

Our photo shoot took us to one of the Tenement buildings in Dublin’s Henrietta Street last month to photograph the Winston family. The shoot was commissioned by TV production company; Big Mountain for a new series called “The Tenements”. The series is presented by Bryan Murray and starts tonight on TV3 at 9:30pm. The four part documentary takes families back in time to discover their ancestors living conditions. Bryan uses the 1911 census of No 7 Henrietta St to depict the history of the overcrowded, harsh living conditions in the Dublin slums. The research advisers behind the program are lead by Catriona Crowe, Senior Archivist at the National Archives of Ireland and Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish history at the University College Dublin.

When we arrived at the Tenements we were a little overwhemled by the massive rooms and high ceilings. One couldn’t help but wonder how they were able to heat such a vast area. As a photographer, you sometimes arrive at a venue and have difficultly figuring out what to do with your subjects due to various limitations. Not on this occasion! You immediately sense the grandeur of this building, the rooms are adorned with oil paintings, statues, artefacts, mirrors and ornate furnishings. It was of course at one time the dwelling of the elite, taken over by the local authority to house the working class during Irelands independence.  The high ceilings and beautiful natural light flowing through the rooms with all its faded glory was the perfect setting for our photography.

The Tenements starts tonight 3rd August 2011 at 9:30pm.

 

 

Darina Ni Chuinneagain-Donnelly - August 3, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Outstanding work Dominic.Definitely one of the best in the industry. Continued success & keep up the fantastic top-class work

Rory O'Flaherty - September 11, 2012 - 9:11 pm

My father lived at number seven Henrietta Street along with his two brothers with his Granny from 1935 to 1945.Was then sent to live in england after his Granny died along with his brothers. My Fathers name is John Desmond O’Flaherty but has always been known as Des since childhood.Has always had good memories of his childhood here everyone was poor so he knew nothing else no shoes no presents at christmas food was scarce to say the least.My dad is still going strong at 79 years of age and have been back this weekend to visit where he used to live with his grandchildren Shannon AND Conor Very proud of my Father and his roots. Rory O’Flaherty

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