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Against the Tide
Rose Comiskey

Against the Tide, Rose Comiskey

Against the Tide, Rose ComiskeyAgainst the Tide
Rose Comiskey

Designed by Ángel Luis González Fernández.


Edition of 200
36 pages
148 × 210 mm
ISBN Not Available


The decade 1982-92 was a difficult time for Irish women. The 8th amendment to the constitution passed in 1983 made it not just illegal to obtain an abortion in Ireland but also cut off access to information and even to travel openly to another country to obtain a termination. The harshness of the legislation was highlighted by cases such as the death of school girl, Ann Lovett giving birth in a churchyard and the court injunction preventing a pregnant, 14-year-old rape victim from leaving the country.

These photographs by Rose Comiskey are a record of women’s resistance to the forces of church and state at this time. Women from all over Ireland and from every walk of life united and organised in street protests, public meetings and pickets such as the Right to Know and Defend the Clinics campaigns and Women’s Information Network, an illegal helpline distributing information on abortion. Despite the fact that it has been proven unworkable, the amendment remains in place.

About the Artist
Rose Comiskey is an Irish photographer. She has photographed Irish protests and social issues from the 1980’s including woman’s reproductive rights, traveller’s rights and representing other marginalised communities.

About the Series
TLP Editions are an ongoing collection of contemporary photographic projects in the form of accessible and inexpensive publications by PhotoIreland. These A5 sized booklets present a standard format throughout the series, with 36 pages each, a cover with a text block of under 140 words that introduces the project, and the title and the artist name only available on the contra cover. The project creates a node of opportunities as it allows photographers to enter the publishing arena, while facilitating access to contemporary artistic practices to the general public.

About the Publisher
Founded in 2009, PhotoIreland was conceived as an organisation that would stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland by developing a varied array of initiatives and events with a strong participative approach.

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