An exhibition of photographs taken by members of the Magnum group of international photographers opens a the Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, Dublin.

Chronicling the changing nature of Irish society from the predominantly rural society of the 1950s to the present day. The exhibition features 150 photographs from photo journalism to portraits of a country in transition.

Sean Kissane of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) describes the variety of images in the exhibition from Austrian-born American photographer Inge Morath's colour images of Puck Fair in Killorglin to the photo journalism depictions of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Many of these were photo journalists on assignments and so they were looking for news stories. However the exhibition does try and tell the ordinary every day stories as well.

Other photographers featured in the exhibition include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Martin Parr and Eve Arnold. The photographs are presented decade by decade from the 1950s to the 2000s.

An illustrated book 'Magnum Ireland' (Thames & Hudson) consists of contextual essays by writers including Nuala O Faolain, Anthony Cronin, Eamonn McCann, Fintan O'Toole, Colm Tóibín and Anne Enright, accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition was officially opened by Irish writer and novelist John Banville. 'Magnum Ireland' is curated by Val Williams, Professor of Photography at the London College of Communications, and Brigitte Lardinois, Cultural Director at Magnum Photos, London.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 April 2006. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.