Even when Jack Clarke’s exhibitions, Locals, took over The Burnaby pub back in 2006, his stunning and stark black & white portraits already felt timeless.
Just look at Killincarrig’s Hurley brothers, above, looking as though they have just stepped out from an early Elvis gig for a quick smoke.
Again and again, Jack Clarke just captured moments that will last a lifetime, each picture telling you far more than their subject would ever have guessed.
The look, the clothes, the furniture, the pictures on their wall… Big secrets are revealed in the tiniest of details.
We spoke with Jack before, back inOctober 2017, and the hope then was that, now that this globe-trotter had finally come home for good, he might just be able to rescue his old photographs from some faraway boxes in a friend’s attic.
And so itcame to pass. Man, these need to be let out of their boxes again, and soon.
Even Brian Hackett looks good here…
Tommy Gubbins. Pic Jack Clarke
Tommy Grealy & Leslie Spurling. Pic Jack Clarke
The Robinson Girls. Pic Jack Clarke
The angelic Ann-Marie Clarke. Pic Jack Clarke
Shay Keogh at the Greystones Raft Race. Pic Jack Clarke
Paddy Walsh. Pic Jack Clarke
Newcastle farmers Jimmy Coffey & Sean Whelan. Pic Jack Clarke
Bill Kelly & Billy Smith. Pic Jack Clarke
Mick Tighe. Pic Jack Clarke
Jimmy Kinsella & Peat Briquette. And Jason Byrne. Pic Jack Clarke
Telford Evans 1990s. Pic: Jack Clarke
Sean Toolan 1990s. Pic: Jack Clarke
Killincarrig’s Brendan Campbell. Pic: Jack Clarke
Jason Roche. Pic Jack Clarke
Derek McMullen and his father, John. Pic Jack Clarke
Dick & Nick Foley. Pic Jack Clarke
Ed Hurley. Pic Jack Clarke
Eugene Smullen. Pic Jack Clarke
Gareth & May Byrne. Pic Jack Clarke
Danny Greene. Pic Jack Clarke
Christy O’Rourke. Pic Jack Clarke
Brian Hackett. Pic Jack Clarke
Bob Martin at the harbour bus shelter. Pic Jack Clarke
Anthony McDonald. Pic Jack Clarke
Uncle Frank. Pic: Jack Clarke
You can check out our October 2017 interview with Jack here.
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