John Minihan’s Photos of Samuel Beckett


Photography by John Minihan

Originally published in The Evergreen Review Issue 111 in 2006.

John Minihan (born Dublin 1946) is one of Ireland's most celebrated photographers, famous for literary portraits and landscapes. His friendship with Samuel Beckett produced some of the most remarkable photographs ever taken of the writer.

John Minihan spent his early years in Athy, County Kildare. When he was eleven, his family moved to London where he went on to become an office boy on the London Evening News, an apprentice darkroom printer on the Daily Mail, and the youngest staff photographer on the Evening Standard where he stayed for almost thirty years.

His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. In April-May of 2006, there was an exhibit of his photographs of Beckett at the Irish Art Center in New York.

He lives in Ballydehob in West Cork.

His web site is
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