This Photographer Spent Four Years Photographing Irish Travellers

And learned more about them than she'd thought

Kaufmann Travellers Photographs

German photographer Birte Kaufmann was on her holliers in Ireland when she first encountered members of the Irish Travelling community, sparking a fascination that took her into a four-year project of photographing, and eventually living, among them.

Interested in how they lived – having heard that theirs was a culture far removed from the settled Irish, or the Romany communities of Europe, with whom she was more familiar – Birte just showed up one day, at a halting site in Carlow. 

What happened next isn't that surprising – she got bitten by a dog – but after that, she set out her stall: she wanted to learn more about them and photograph them in their own communities.

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What happened next isn't that surprising – she got bitten by a dog – but after that, she set out her stall: she wanted to learn more about them and photograph them in their own communities.

Her photographs give a fairly stark insight into a culture that very few outsiders gain access to – check out the full story on National Geographic, and more photographs on Birte's site.

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Rosemary MacCabe

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