Man on Bridge: The Dublin Street Photog Who Worked the Same Spot for 50 Years

The world of photography holds many untold stories of men and women who had a profound impact on the lives of the people on the other side of their lens. One such man was Dublin street photographer Arthur Fields, and an Irish production company wants to tell his story, with a little help from you.

For 50 years, Arthur Fields worked 7 days a week and 365 days per year taking pictures of people on Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge. It’s estimated that he took approximately 182,500 photos over the course of his career, and many a Dublin resident has an Arthur Fields photo buried somewhere in their archives.


Dublin-based production company El Zorrero Films believes this is a photographic tale worth telling, and so they’ve embarked on a mission to put together an interactive online documentary that tells the story of Fields’ life by sharing his work and speaking to the people whose lives he touched.

“Combining video, archival still image, text and audio, Man on Bridge will allow users to explore both Arthur’s life, the photos he took and the impact his images have had on the lives of others,” explains the production company on their website. “[The documentary] aims to remind users how important touchstones like Arthur are in the social fabric of a city.”


The video at the top is a short snippet showing what the final documentary might end up looking like, but in order to receive the funding they require to produce a full-length product, they need your help. In addition to a request for submissions of Arthur Fields and Arthur Fields inspired work, they’ve entered the idea into the Arthur Guinness Projects competition.

If Man on Bridge receives enough votes to win the competition, the Arthur Guinness Projects will fund the documentary and El Zorrero Films will get to share Fields’ story with the world.

To learn more about the documentary, and the production company’s plans going forward, head over to the Arthur Guinness Projects website and cast your vote.

(via Reddit)

  • Monteraz

    My grandma saw it

  • John Goldsmith

    Neat! Vancouver had similar photographers and one that was most well known named Foncie Pulice. I’m under the impression this was the case for many cities, as I have an old photograph of my grandparents, I believe, was taken in the same way in Chicago.

    Like Man on Bridge, Vancouver’s now deceased Foncie Pulice worked the streets and his career spanned decades (four to be exact). In that time, he snapped an estimated 15M (million!) photographs most of which ended up in the hands of his subjects or destroyed on his own will. He did not consider himself an artist but a businessperson first and foremost.

    Also, I’m somewhat confident it was this trade that arrived at the term: Street Photographer and is perhaps a reason many artists who seek to elevate their work, won’t ascribe to the idea.

    In any event, if you’re in British Columbia, there is a documentary premiering this week (Aug 5) on the Knowledge Network about Foncie’s life. There is also a current exhibition of his work at the Museum of Vancouver. More here:

  • Gerry Johns

    More people looking for handouts. Finance it yourselves!

  • Mattk could just not watch it and let people do what ever they choose with their own money.

  • Gord

    eh….not a handout, it’s a program/competition whereby Guinness sponsor creative projects in Ireland. zero cash from any viewer. All that is required from you is to vote for the one you think should happen.
    Or you could crap on it.

  • Des Byrne

    I wouldnt describe him as a Street Photographer in todays terms..he was a Snapper..if someone Sells Flowers on Moore Street in Dublin does that make them a Florist?..