I used to do a lot of street photography back in the 80's and I would just go wherever the crowd's where. The market, the GPO - there was always republican protests going on, Dessie Ellis that kind of thing. Tony O Shea, Elliot Erwitt sparked my interest of course but it was really Podge O’Farrell. He took a photo of me when I was hanging around Stephen’s Green with the punk rockers, he gave me a print and it went from there. I took shots of the punks and it was a way of getting into gigs free, Deco from Paranoid Visions would get me in with the camera. Myself, Podge and John Kelly would get the dole on Tuesday then hit the streets, taking pictures wherever the crowds were. I never thought they’d be looked at again never mind becoming so popular 20 years on.

Wally Cassidy

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New Book Launch Date

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Book Shops

In The Book Stores Now

"The Other Half Lives" Is in the book stores now. If you visit any of these stores you will have a chance to buy from the first publication:
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
Little Museum of Dublin - 15 St Stephen’s Green, near the corner of Dawson Street - Open every day from 9.30am-5pm, on Thursday's, open until 8pm.

SPECIAL OFFER: Copies will be offered at the special opening price of €25 per copy or two for €40, launch night only.

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The Other Half Lives

The Other Half Lives is now available in pre-order at Hi Tone Books. All pre-orders will be posted out on 6 May 2014. You can already purchase the book via the links on Hi Tone Books. You can view the book on issuu.com. For more information check out Wally's work on his website at wallycassidy.com. For up to date purchase information on this book visit, Hi Tone Books. If you are interested in this book you will definitely be interested in Garry O’Neill's publication of "Where Were You" also found on his website at Where Were You.

You can NOW purchase this book at most book stores. For a full list click on List of shops.

SPECIAL OFFER: Copies will be offered at the special opening price of €25 per copy or two for €40, launch night only

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Book Information

Title: The Other Half Lives Author: Wally Cassidy Foreword: Tony Murray Introduction: Gavin Corbett ISBN: 978-0-9569493-2-5 Format: Hardback, 240x257mm Extent: 144 pages, duotone Weight: 1.2kg Published: May 2014.


In these pages, on these streets (they begin to feel like one and the same thing), you’ll find heated protests, burning dummies, punks pissing on post-apocalyptic waste grounds, falling horsemen, dogs ready to pounce … You can practically hear the clang of metal barriers being rushed and the rattle of knuckles on placards.

– from the introduction by Gavin Corbet

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Launch Night


Launch Night
All Welcome 
The launch night will be at the "Gallery of Photography Ireland" located at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. You are welcome to come along and bring your friends. Wally Cassidy will be their to sign any copies you may have purchased.

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Time:  6pm.
Date: Friday 16th May 2014
Guest Speaker will be Donal Fallon (Come here To Me)

In 130 photographs from the early 1990s, Wally Cassidy captures pre-boom Dublin in all its tattered glory. Loosely divided into four sections – Street, Protest, Smithfield and Punks – these images reflect the tensions and contradictions of a nation struggling to define itself. At times harsh, but tempered with humour and humanity, The Other Half Lives is an honest and arresting collection.

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