My Derry – The Willie Curran Collection

Book Author

Willie Curran

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Willie Curran

Willie Curran bought his first box camera in a Derry chemist’s more than 60 years ago – and has been looking through a viewfinder ever since.

Protests and parties, weddings and riots, concerts and cart races, Willie has never missed a beat. In his time, he’s done it all – from developing his own black-and-white slides to filming with a drone.

This new collection is just a snapshot of his hugely interesting life – and provides us with a warm, nostalgic and moving portrait of Willie’s friends, family and an ever-changing city. With hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, My Derry: The Willie Curran Collection is a fascinating community perspective of the city and an important addition to its cultural archive.

A compassionate portrayal of a city community. The images date largely from the 1960s to the present day and offer a massive insight into Derry society, and its changes, over the past half-century. Garbhan Downey, author

Willie Curran, a working-class hero in my judgement, has made a contribution which will outlast many others. His prescience in recording the ‘growing up’ of his family, community and city provides us all with a priceless and irreplaceable insight of the life and times of Derry, the town that he loves so well. Mitchel McLaughlin, Speaker of the Stormont Assembly (2013–15)


Additional information

Weight 0.60 kg
Dimensions 21 × 1.0 × 29.7 cm
Book Author

Willie Curran







Date Published

Nov 2016


Mono photos throughout




Guildhall Press