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'Where Were You?'

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“Where Were You? captures the exuberance of Dublin’s teenage cults and DIY styles at street level, from Teddy Boys and Mods and Rockers to Punks, Skins, Goths, New Romantics, Ravers and Urban Cowboys. The images, some wrinkled with age, freeze moments from photo booths, casual snaps and posed exhibitionism. While a lone snapshot may generate mild curiosity, it’s the sheer critical mass of these snapshots that makes this book a much deeper seam of memories. The images are ordered by era and classified by location rather than by people’s names, adding to the sense of history of entire classes and generations.” – Stephanie McBride, Irish Arts Review


‘Where Were You?’ is a photographic celebration of Dublin’s youth culture, street style and teen life, from the 1950s to the 1990s. The exhibition features photographs from the book Where Were You?, published by Hi Tone Books in 2011. Compiled by Garry O’Neill, the book was the culmination of almost 10 years of collecting and research. The photographs are taken from a huge range of sources and include the work of established photographers such as Evelyn Hofer, Tony O’Shea, Derek Speirs, Bill Doyle and Fergus Bourke, alongside an eclectic mix of snapshots contributed by the public.

Garry O’Neill

Garry O’Neill became an avid collector of Dublin youth culture history while working in the City Arts Centre in the late nineties. He was born and reared in the city and still lives there.

3 Comments to ‘Where Were You?’ Dublin Youth Culture & Street Style 1950-2000

  1. Tony Skillington

    I seen a few good SKA and PUNK photo’s from 1980’s. I have’nt got the book would love to have it.

  2. Niall

    Hi Tony,

    The book is available in the following shops and tp buy online at http://wherewereyou.ie/where-were-you-book/

    Winding Stair Bookshop – 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
    Connolly Books – 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
    Gallery Of Photography – Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
    Freebird Records – 15a Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
    Spindizzy Records – 32 Georges Street Arcade, Dublin 2
    Sound Cellar – 47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
    All City Records – 7 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
    Into The Void Records – 3A Whitefriar Place, Dublin 8
    Bridge Street Books, Bridge Street, Wicklow Town

  3. Ellie Christine

    just wondering how i join up ..would like to view the photos..my sister is in one of them ..thanks ::)