Seamus Heaney

1 portrait

Seamus Heaney, by Mark Gerson, June 1996 - NPG x88253 - © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

Seamus Heaney

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1996
16 in. x 12 in. (405 mm x 305 mm)
Given by Mark Gerson, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x88253


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  • Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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The First Chechnya War breaks out between Chechnya and Russia when Russian forces invade the country in support of Chechnyan opposition to the government. The invasion went badly with strong Chechnyan resistance and dissent in the Russian command. However, a truce was finally established after Russia seized the capital Grozny. More than 46,000 people died as a result of the conflict.

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