Photographer Dennis Dinneen owned a pub in Macroom, Ireland, and had a studio set up in the back where he would take photos of visitors. The following photos from his archive span 20 years, from 1950 to 1970.
Dinneen also shot weddings, religious ceremonies, sports and even crime scenes for police. He passed away in 1985, but he left behind about 20,000 negatives that David J. Moore, alongside Dinneen's son Lawrence, is working to develop and archive.
Moore describes Dinneen's work as "unusual and off-kilter," saying some have a "strangeness" to them. In many, Moore says, there is also a sense of humor that is difficult to find in photography.
Moore presents archive viewers with a picture book of sorts, leaving them to write their own infinite interpretations. "The mystery, the ambiguity and the ability for the viewer to be able to create their own narrative" is what's most important, Moore said. "There's nothing I'm trying to convey other than the photographic genius of Dennis Dinneen."
Dinneen's Bar still exists today.
Moore said that when scanning the negatives, he only removes dust but not scratches. And he may adjust the contrast if necessary, but only because these are techniques that Dinneen would have been able to utilize in a darkroom.
Moore said this photo "has so much going on, it's almost like a painting."
So far, Moore and Lawrence Dinneen have developed and archived 6,000 photos.