Peat’s last stand

James Fraher’s black-and-white images of Derrinlough Briquette Factory document the manufacturing process, from gathering the turf to the distribution of the polished bales, writes Stephanie McBride

James Fraher has worked as a photographer for more than thirty-five years in fine art, marketing, editorial and documentary projects. Originally from Chicago, he has been living in Co Sligo for many years, where his knowledge of bogs has been nurtured through photographing local terrain and by working on the bog – physically cutting and saving turf, old style. He was also involved in the Lough Boora sculpture park project, developed by artist Kevin O’Dwyer with Bord na Móna, in a creative interpretation of the natural and industrial heritage of boglands.

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