From the Archives:
John Minihan’s photos of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Becket, photographed by John Minihan. 1985. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week in 1969.
Samuel Becket, photographed by John Minihan. 1985. Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week in 1969.

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
October 23, 2013

This week, in 1969, Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and October marks the 30th anniversary of Irish America. Looking back at our premier issue, we revisit our first feature photo essay – John Minihan’s photographs of Samuel Beckett at London rehearsal for “Waiting for Godot,” by the San Quentin Drama Workshop in preparation of its showing at the Adelaide Drama Festival in 1985.

The article was the first time these photos were published in their entirety in the U.S. And though Minihan was the photographer most closely aligned with Beckett, his intimate photographs are rarely seen today, though his Seamus Heaney portrait was used for commemorative stamp this September.

Though Beckett died December 22, 1989, his legacy is solidified in the near ubiquitous stagings of his plays, and the Samuel Beckett Bridge opened in December, 2009 for the 20th anniv of his death, designed to evoke a harp lying on its side and designed by same firm that designed the James Joyce Bridge farther up river.

Minihan published Photographs: Samuel Beckett in 1990 and has had several exhibitions throughout Ireland and the E.U., including the Pompidou Center in paris, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and even the Guinness Hop Store in Dublin.

Click through for the photos and spread. Or click on each image below for full-size. ♦

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