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In this collection of over eighty photographs magnificently printed with absolute fidelity to the original prints, Temkin masterfully captures the essence of Irish life without sentimentality, and without cliché. This is a candid and revealing portrait of a people and a way of life that tenaciously clings to a quality of character that will not die. Many years and much work are revealed in this gem of a book, probing deep beneath the surface in its search for the soul of Ireland .
In an introduction, the renowned Irish poet Brendan Kennelly writes eloquently about Ireland and about the splendid portrayal Temkin has created. Joining him in a spirited commentary on Temkin's work is Colin Westerbeck of the Art Institute of Chicago. Published to accompany a series of gallery exhibitions, Irish Stories will find its audience among the millions around the world who, in their hearts, call Ireland home.