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Americans Anonymous by Barry Delaney & John O'Donnell

Americans Anonymous by Barry Delaney & John O'Donnell

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Americans Anonymous is a pictorial road trip across the United States, a country that, in the wake of Donald Trump, has never been more divided. From East to West by way of the Deep South, in the tradition of Robert Frank and Dorothea Lange, the photographs of Barry Delaney, accompanied by the poems of John O’Donnell, record the lives of ordinary people at an extraordinary time.


Inspired by the colour, energy and DIY attitude of punk, Barry fled the grey Dublin of the early 1980s to travel the world, and fell in love with film photography. After years of eking out a living doing various manual and technical jobs, he began taking pictures again on the streets of Dublin, his home town. In 2008, he won the TG4 Irish photographer of the 21st Century. Barry has had 5 solo exhibitions in Dublin, including his photo essay of life in modern America – Americans Anonymous. His previous book, Stars and Souls of the Liffey, was published by Hi Tone Books in 2019.


 John O’Donnell’s work has been published and broadcast widely in Ireland and abroad. He has published four previous poetry collections, the latest of which is Sunlight: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2018). His first collection of short stories Almost the Same Blue (Doire Press) was nominated in the Irish Times as one of the Best Fiction Debuts of 2020, and one of the Books of the Year in the Sunday Independent. Back To The Rock, his radio documentary about the 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race disaster featured on RTÉ’s Doc On One, and his play Rainbow Baby was recently broadcast on RTÉ Radio’s Drama On One. He lives and works in Dublin.

Authors: Barry Delaney & John O’Donnell
Foreword: Kevin Barrington

Published By: Hi Tone Books
ISBN: 978-1-8380385-3-3
Format: Hardback, 263 x 246mm, landscape, 170gsm paper
Extent: 80 pages
Edition: 500 copies
Published: November 2021
Design: Niall McCormack

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