Man On Bridge


Man on Bridge is a photo collection project that gathers the photos and tells the story of Arthur Fields, a street photographer who captured passersby on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The story of Arthur and the photos he took culminated in a book , an exhibition and a television documentary that was broadcast on RTE 1 on the 28th of December 2014. Follow the project on Facebook for future screenings

Arthur took hundreds of thousands of photos throughout his career but no negatives survive. The goal of the project is to gather these photos from personal collections and create an alternative photographic archive of Dublin city, one that reveals how we lived, how the city and its people changed over fifty years.

Arthur was just one of many street photographers who worked in Dublin over the years. Although he was the most prominent and enjoyed the lengthiest career as a street photographer, this website also aims to celebrate the other photographers who shared the streets with Arthur.

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The project is the creation of El Zorrero Films . This online platform has been funded by both the Arthur Guinness Projects cultural initiative and El Zorrero Films.


This project has been a long time coming and we wish to thank all those wonderful people who have helped make this possible including:

The Family of Arthur Fields, Lisa Deeney, Drive Content, Orla Fitzpatrick, Garry O’Neill, Niall McCormack, Martin Mooney, Brian Whelan, Brian Murphy, Trish Lambe, Tanya Kiang, Berminghams Cameras, Gunne Cameras, Sarah Ryder, Colm Quinn, Liam O’Cathasaigh, Eibhlin Roach, Hitone Books, Anne-Marie Kelly, Con Collins, Gavin Halpin, David Davison, the Irish Professional Photographers Association, Trish Brennan, Deirdre Laird, Natalie Christie, FujiFilm, Jackie Farrell, Grehan Printers, Karen Ruddock, Sarah Dillon, Kevin Denny, David Denny, Ballymun Stevo, Laura Bergin, Ruarí O’Cuiv, Ray Yeates, Clerys, Angela Smith, Dave Leahy, Sybil Cope, Angela Scanlon, Chris O’Dowd, Ben Readman, Róise Goan, Cllr. Christy Burke, Block-T Dark Room, Anthony McGuinness, John Curran, Mella Travers, Peter Kavanagh, Active Retirement Ireland, Dublin Ghost Signs, Age Action, Ryan Tubridy, Elayne Devlin, Róisín O’Dea, the Late Late Show, Denise Dunphy, The Factory, In the Company of Huskies, Martin Busch,, Epson Ireland, Derek Cullen, Colin Lawlor, Business To Arts, Andrew Hetherington, Designist, DIT Media Department.

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