Working Women

Between 1909 and 1931 Albert Kahn spent a vast fortune in hiring and dispatching photographers to over 50 countries on all four continents. He was motivated by the belief that by sharing these images of different cultures, it would promote peace and understanding. What he did achieve was to capture glimpses of disappearing worlds as with these photographs taken of residents of the Claddagh, Galway dressed in their distinctive shawls and petticoats. The photographs were taken on the newly available autochrome plates and are the first colour photographs taken in Ireland. The collections are housed at the Musée Albert Kahn in Paris and are a valuable documentation of the world at a time of great change both culturally and socially. The descendents of the ladies who were photographed still live in the Claddagh today