A Landscape of Crisis: Photographing Post-Celtic Tiger Ghost Estates

  • Anthony Haughey
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series


This chapter offers a reflection by photographer and academic Anthony Haughey on the recent development of Irish suburbia. It focuses on his work Settlement, ‘a photographic and architectural exhibition exploring the collapse of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger economy epitomised by thousands of unoccupied and unfinished housing estates across the state’. Throughout the chapter the author reflects ‘on the methodological and theoretical paradigms informing the production of Settlement as well as the cultural and political implications of this socially engaged artwork’. He is particularly interested in the phenomenon of the ghost estate, and he documents his own artistic process in photographing ghost estates, while also considering the politics of exhibition of contemporary suburbia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Haughey
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  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyDublinIreland

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