Peter McKee Archive // County Down, Antrim, Tyrone & L/Derry
What is happening in the photo?
Young man injured by rubber bullet in West Belfast 1972. This photograph was made in the offices of photographer, community worker and civil rights activist Peter McKee. A colleague is holding up a makeshift backdrop.
Contributed by Peter McKee
Peter McKee was born in Balbriggan – he currently lives in Castlewellan, Co. Down. He is a self-taught photographer. This archive of black & white 35mm photographs were made by Peter during his time working as a community activist in Northern Ireland the 1970s and 1980s.
During the early 1970s Peter was an organiser for the Belfast headquarters of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (N.I.C.R.A). He participated in and documented the Civil Rights marches and the unfolding events at the onset of the Northern Ireland conflct. At times of civil disorder photography was a powerful tool for recording incidents and events. It was of particular value to NICRA in documenting abuses and counter official views of key protests, marches and subsequent injuries.
As part of his work for NICRA Peter decided to take photographs to record key events. His position as a community worker meant that he was a part of the community he photographed. His photographs present a different sensibility to much of the photojournalistic work focusing more on the responses to events rather than the events themselves. This substantial archive of over 4,000 negatives is currently being archived.