1924 - Carl von Sydow photographs rural Ireland

In 1920, the Swedish folklorist Carl von Sydow visited Ireland for the first time. He spent the summer in Kerry and Cork perfecting his spoken Irish, which he had already learned in Sweden. In 1924 he returned to the Blaskets and to the Aran Islands, and took some celebrated photographs of the islanders.
Here, a camera shy young girl stays close to an older woman, possibly her grandmother, on Inis Meain, Aran Islands.

National Folkore Collection, UCD M003.0100383

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