JJ Clarke captured these fabulous photos of Dublin between 1897 and 1904 when he was studying medicine. With his photojournalistic approach to his subjects, Dr. Clarke captured vivid scenes of Dublin’s men, women, and children in their daily lives.
Besides being visually intriguing, the images also show us how Dublin looked to James Joyce. Joyce’s best-known works – Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses – are all set around this time, when he too was a young student fascinated by the world around him.
JJ Clarke’s photographs often show Dubliners strolling or resting along the city’s streets. Unlike other photos of this time, his images have a spontaneity and “snapshot” quality.