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A lasting snapshot of history in our fair city

We can all name off the great Dublin landmarks. The GPO, O'Connell Street, the Bank of Ireland building at College Green - and many more.

But the history of our capital city is a lot more than a bunch of buildings or statues, it's also the people who walked its streets, worked in its offices and lived in its houses and flats.

And that's why a new online documentary on photographer Arthur Fields is so interesting.

If the name isn't familiar, the man himself may have been. Fields was a photographer who worked on O'Connell Bridge for half a century, photographing passers-by and selling the snaps.

If you're over 40 and from Dublin you'll remember him. If you're of any age it's very likely that somewhere, in a dusty attic or photo album, is a snap Fields took of one of your family members at some point over the years.


He set up business after arriving in Dublin from the Ukraine in the 1930s, photographing ordinary Dubs and the celebs of the day as they walked past.

Among the latter was a young George Harrison and writer Brendan Behan.

In all it's estimated that Fields took more than 182,000 photographs during his five decade career, chronicling the changing faces and styles of the city for half of the last century.

The new documentary, Man On Bridge, is well worth a look. It's a fitting tribute to a man who, in his own small way, was a great historian of our capital city.