The Irish Travellers, a forgotten people
“This series of photographs documents the lives, culture, and traditions of the Irish Travellers, a forgotten people. The images reflect my interactions with the Travellers I have met and followed through the years at various halting sites and illegal encampments in and around County Galway and County Limerick, outside of Dublin, and at the annual horse fair in Ballinasloe.
The Irish Travellers are an insular ethnic group that has lived on the fringes of mainstream Irish society for centuries. They live an itinerant lifestyle, with long traditions and gender-based roles that have been passed down from generation to generation. Discrimination is widespread, school dropout rates are high, domestic violence is rampant, and suicides are increasing. My goal in making these photographs is to document them and their current way of life and to display their unique heritage and unconventional yet historical way of living to a wider audience, in and outside of Ireland.”
Rebecca Moseman is a photographer from Virginia, USA, with Bachelor’s and Master’s qualifications in fine arts. She has worked in academia, private industry, and government as an instructor, consultant, and graphic designer, and does freelance work in photography and publishing.
Moseman’s work has been published and exhibited throughout the US and abroad. In 2022, she was a finalist in the Arnold Newman Prize for Portraiture and was awarded first place in the Refocus Black and White Photography awards.
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