Christopher Robson Photographic Collection


The Collection consists of photographs mostly taken by Christopher Robson, largely of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Pride events, mainly in Ireland.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Creator: Robson, Christopher, 1941-2013, photographer
Contributors: Foley, Bill, photographer
Format: Photo
Notes:Photographers are Christopher Robson (B.29-01-1941/D.23-03-2013) and Bill Foley.

Digital files also included.

Christopher Robson was a founding member of GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and an Irish civil rights activist. He was also a board member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the Ana Liffey Drug Project.

Related Materials: National Photographic Archive : See also Christopher Robson Photographic Collection Additional (vtls 807258).

Related Materials: NLI Manuscripts Department : See also Irish Queer Archive Papers.

Christopher Robson was born in Dublin on 29 January 1941. He went to Gonzaga College, and then on to University College Dublin to study architecture. He had a passion for photography. Christopher travelled and worked as an architect in London, the Middle East, and North Africa. By 1972, Christopher was working back in Dublin as a research architect in the Office of Public Works. He came out in the early seventies, met Bill Foley in 1978 and they became a couple. With Bill’s encouragement Christopher got involved in gay rights activism. Christopher was a founder member of the Dublin Lesbian and Gay Men’s Collective, of Gay Health Action, and of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), of which he was also sometimes co-chair. He was a special advisor to the World Health Organisation, secretary to the European Council of AIDS Service Organisations, and a council member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. From 1982 until his death in 2013, Christopher was at the heart of virtually every advancement in Irish LGBT+ rights, undertaking this activism outside his career, as senior architect in the Farm Development Service of the Department of Agriculture. In 2000, Christopher’s work on Irish farm buildings and farm landscape development earned him Honorary Membership of the Irish Landscape Institute. In photography, Christopher used his camera to capture the bravery, determination, and ingenuity of his fellow LGBT+ activists. On 11 March 2013, Christopher and Bill Foley were Civilly Partnered, after 35 years together. Christopher died from cancer 12 days later.

Physical description: 7 boxes ; in mylar, in phase boxes.

Physical description: 1920 plastic slides : col. ; 35 mm.

Physical description: 13 photographic prints : col. ; [ca. 45 x 32 cm].

Finding Aids: List provided by Donor accessible to NPA Staff.

Published / Created: 1992-2007.
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