TIFA 2023 Book / People

Not Surrendering Photo Book

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/People
  • Photographer
    Mariusz Smiejek
  • Photo Date

The book introduces us to the daily lives of the British working-class Loyalists as well as members of their illegal paramilitary groups. Recognised as terrorist organizations until recently, these associations still carry weight, sow fear, and control Northern Ireland. The documentary brings to the fore the psychological state of siege which permeates working-class districts in Northern Ireland. The story also spotlights the atmosphere of despair which accompanies each successive generation – trapped socially and mentally in unprocessed conflict traumas from which they cannot escape.