Beyond the Words: Portraits of Irish Writers, photographer Robin Hiteshew’s exhibition at Neumann University, drew an audience of many admirers for its opening reception Tuesday night.
It was an eye-opener for the visitors who dropped by to spend time with Hiteshew’s photos of writers and poets such as Seamus Heaney, Moya Cannon, Michael Longlay, Ann Enright, and Mike McCormack, author of Ireland’s Novel of the Year, “Solar Bones,” who was in attendance.
The work represents 39 years’ worth of work for Hiteshew, who most times found complete and generous cooperation from his subjects—and other times needed to nudge a little. It was all worthwhile, as his exhibition will attest.
Among the other attendees were members of the Donegal Association, sponsors of the event, together with dignitaries from Neumann, including Sister Marguerite O’Beirne, OSF, vice president for mission and ministry, and Dr. Chris Everett Domes, university president.
The exhibition, in the university’s McNichol Art Gallery, continues at Neumann through June 23. It’s free. Funded by an Irish Heritage grant through the Irish government’s Emigrant Assistance Programme, it is Hiteshew’s second major photographic project funded by the Irish government.
Pictures from the event, up top.