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Schwartz, Michael, 1944-2017



  • Existence: 1944 - 2017 August 15

Biographical Note

Michael Schwartz was born in 1944 in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. He was a staff photographer at the New York Post from 1984-1994, and after that he worked freelance for the New York Daily News. His news photographs earned him several awards. Schwartz began an independent photojournalism project in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1988, documenting children in predominantly-Catholic neighborhoods during the Troubles. He was accompanied on the project by Belfast-area photographer Sean Allen. He continued the project until the eve of Good Friday agreement in 1998, and ultimately published a selection of his photos in his book Irish Eyes: Children of West Belfast, 1988-1997 in 2016. Schwartz died in 2017.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Michael Schwartz Northern Ireland photographs


The collection contains photographic works created by American photojournalist Michael Schwartz documenting children in West Belfast, Northern Ireland during the years of political and religious strife of the Troubles, the 1980s and 1990s.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research, except Series V. Negatives, which are closed due to their format. Contact prints of most negatives are available in Series I.

Dates: 1988 - 2014; Majority of material found within 1988 - 1997