On show at Nerve Visual, 80/81 Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry

1 May – June 17, 2018

Official launch events: 7 – 8.30pm Saturday 12 May 

The Lost Moment looks anew at the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland fifty years on from the

marches and peaceful protests that immediately preceded the Troubles. Curated by Sean O’Hagan,

who writes on photography, art and culture for The Guardian and The Observer, the show places the

Northern Irish civil rights struggle in the context of the many international street protests that made 1968

such a tumultuous year.


Dr Martin Luther Kind addressing Civil Rights protestors © Steve Schapiro


From Paris to Prague, Chicago to London, mass protests reverberated across the world via the TV news. The

year of discontent began in Northern Ireland when activists organised civil rights marches against

discrimination in housing and jobs. Using the tactics of non-violent civil disobedience employed by Martin

Luther King Jr. in the American south, the marches unleashed a wave of Unionist counter-demonstrations.

The often brutal police tactics used against the marchers were caught on camera and broadcast around the

world, igniting global media interest in the Northern Irish civil rights movement. Though its legacy remains

contested to this day, the exhibition argues that this was the lost moment when the Troubles might have

been averted.


The exhibition features dramatic images by Steve Schapiro of the famous Selma to Montgomery civil rights

march in 1965, alongside work from three renowned Magnum photographers: David Hurn, Josef Koudelka

and Ian Berry. The Northern Irish civil rights struggle, from the first march in August 1968 to the Battle of the

Bogside in 1969, is captured though the work of Gilles Caron, Clive Limpkin, David Newell-Smith, Buzz

Logan, Barney McMonagle, Eamon Melaugh, Larry Dickinson and Tony McGrath. The exhibition also

includes projections, video installations, contemporary political posters and a wealth of other ephemera

from the time.


Policeman at the Civil Rights march from Belfast to Derry~Londonderry January 1969 © David Newell-SMiht /Guardian Newspaper



Police and protestors at Burntollet January 1969 © David Newell-Smith / Guardian Newspaper















Visitor Information – Nerve Visual

Exhibition at Nerve Visual continues until June 17, 2018.

Address: 80-81 Ebrington Street,

Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry, BT47 6FA

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12­-6pm

For details visit: www.nervecentre.org


The Exhibition will be formally opened as part of the Remote Photo Festival on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.

For details visit www.galleryofphotography.ie

The exhibition will be on show in Gallery of Photography Ireland 28 September – 4 November 2018



‘The Lost Moment’ is produced by Gallery of Photography Ireland in partnership with the Nerve Centre,

Derry~Londonderry. Supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Department of Foreign

Affairs and Trade Reconciliation. The organisers thank RTÉ Archives, Remote Photo Festival, the Cain

Archive at Ulster University, Linen Hall Library, Belfast Archive Project  and National Museums Northern

Ireland. Gallery of Photography is supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.