Mr. James Joyce

Ineluctable modality of the visible

A Joyce Gallery
The following are images associated with James Joyce, saved as “High” quality (80%) JPGs. The Web uses images with a resoultion of 72dpi, or dots per inch, saved as a GIF or JPEG, which is a compressed image and therefore inferior in quality. Printwork is generally 300dpi resolution, which is much higher in quality, and is saved as superior grade TIF or EPS files. This is why printing images from a computer screen gives you poor results. All the images on this site are 72dpi; otherwise they would take too long to download. I advice using them only on your computer. If you want an image of Joyce for printwork, you should scan one in directly form the source after obtaining permission.

Photographs of James Joyce

a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo – Joyce at age two.

I want to be a sailor . . . like Ulysses! – A six-year old Joyce in an adorable sailor suit.

Graduation Day – Joyce’s University College graduation photo.

Postcard from Paris – A photo taken from a postcard Joyce sent to a friend during his first visit to Paris in 1902.

“I was wondering would he lend me five shillings.” – Taken in 1904 by C.F. Curran, this photo of the 22 year old writer is quite famous.

Dear Uncle – A famous portrait of Joyce in Zurich, taken in 1915.

Chamber Music – Guitar in hand, Joyce makes a chord change in Trieste in 1915.

The Revolutionary – Taken in Zurich in 1919, this photo captures Joyce in a very revolutionary pose, and is one of my favorites. (He also looks a little bit like Trotsky, doesn’t he?)

Another operation – A very pained Joyce in 1922 after another eye operation.

Now that Ulysses is finished, I’ve got this new idea.... – A handsome, 41 year old Jim looks intently into his future, wearing a funny hat. This photo was taken during a holiday in Sussex.

A Man Ray Moment – One of Man Ray’s contributions to the Joyce photo archives. Taken sometime in the early twenties.

I could have been a pirate.... – Joyce, complete with an eyepatch and a nifty new goatee, looks glumly downwards.

The End of a Decade – A wonderful photograph of Joyce taken by Berenice Abbott in 1929.

Profile of a Genius – A profile of Joyce, taken during a session with the French photographer Liphitski in the mid thirties.

I wonder if I can work liphitzki into the Wake.... – Another excellent photograph from the Liphitski session.

The Quintessential James Joyce – My favorite photo from the Liphitski session.

A Classic Portrait – Taken in the late twenties by Berenice Abbott, this is one of the more famous photographs of Joyce, used by everyone from the Pogues to Penguin Books.

The Snazzy Fedora – Similar to the above portrait, this profile shows Joyce in a very fetching hat.

Introspective – An older, more introspective Joyce looks slightly troubled....

Play it again, Jim. – Gisèle Freund captures Joyce on the piano; perhaps playing it better than he did the guitar.

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man – James Joyce in Zurich.

Joyce’s Family

John Stanislaus Joyce – A rather stern picture of Joyce’s father.

I’m I my brother’s keeper? – Joyce’s brother, Stanislaus.

Young James with family – The six year old Jim with his parents and maternal grandfather.

Nora and the kids – Nora Barnacle Joyce with his son and daughter.

The Joyces in Paris – James, Nora, Giorgio and Lucia in 1924.

The spark of genius – A lovely photograph of Lucia Joyce taken in 1926 by Berenice Abbott.

Lucia, again – Another photo from the Abbott session of 1926.

Joyce and Nora – On the day of their marriage.

Giorgio’s Wedding – Man Ray photographs Giorgio and his bride, Helen.

“Being married to a writer is a hard life.” – A Portrait of Nora.

Four generations of Joyce Men – James, Giorgio and Stephen sit under a portraits of John Joyce.

“I am a Joyce, not a Joycean, and there is more than a nuance to that fact.” – Joyce’s grandson, Stephen James Joyce.

“Love is unhappy when love is away” – Stephen Joyce and his wife, Solange.

Joyce’s Friends & Associates

Class of the Elements – Joyce and his class at Clongowes Wood College.

Come up, you fearful Jesuit! – Joyce and classmates at the University College; includes C.P. Curran.

Shakespeare and Company – Photographed in 1920 outside of her bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, a radiant Sylvia Beach contemplates a dapper Jim.

Well, I’ll publish you, Jim! – A different view of the above.

Joyce and Comrades – A photo taken in 1923 with Joyce, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, and John Quinn.

The Usual Suspects – Another photo of the above crew.

I always knew that boy would make good – Sylvia Beach at the James Joyce Museum in 1962.

“Three Irish Beauties” – A photo of Joyce with friends, James Stephens and John Sullivan.

The Exiles – Ezra Pound visits the grave of James Joyce in Zurich.

Joyce-Related Locations

Clongowes Wood College – Where the young James attended school from 1888 to 1891.

Martello Tower – Sandycove, outside of Dublin; Joyce’s brief stay here was cause for its immortalization in Ulysses. It is now the location of the James Joyce Museum.

Martello Tower Room – The common room at the Martello Tower, where much of the opening episode of Ulysses takes place.

7 Eccles Street – The house where Ulysses locates Leopold and Molly Bloom.

University College, Dublin – Where Joyce studied Modern Languages from 1898 to 1902.

Finn’s Hotel – The hotel in Dublin where Nora worked as a chambermaid.

Joyce’s Grave – Joyce’s grave in Fluntern Cemetary, Zurich.


Cesar Abin’s ? – “Paul Leon tells me that when I stand bent over at a street corner, I look like a question mark.” And so Cesar Abin drew this portrait of Joyce for Transition magazine.

“Accidental Aloofness” – Mina Loy’s sketch of Joyce for the 1922 Vanity Fair interview by Djuna Barnes.

Scribble Profile – By Bob Cato, a profile of Joyce done in scribbles. Used for his book Joyce Images.

“Ineluctable Modality of the Visible” – A sketch by artist John Coulthart, made for the Bloomsday Centennial. (Used at the head of this page.)

Betancourt Joyce – An image of Joyce by artist Raymond Betancourt.

Joyce’s Deathmask – Three views of his death mask, which is on display at the James Joyce Museum.

Deich bPunt – The Irish Ten-Pound note, first issued in 1993. Both sides are depicted, the front with Joyce’s portrait, and the back a tribute to Anna Livia Plurabelle. (This note almost did not make it back to the States – by our last day in Ireland, it quickly became, let us say, emergency funds; and was nearly traded for a bottle of duty-free on the way out of the country....)

Postcards from the Wake

The Rainbow Head – Rainbow fractals shimmer away from a “bronzed” bust of Joyce.

The Death Mask – One of the first Joyce images I ever attempted, this is a meditation on his death mask.

The Brazen Head – An attempt to create a new main banner image; I elected not to use it.

A Special Thanks
To Bob Cato and Greg Vitello, whose excellent book, Joyce Images, has provided me with invaluable information for this section of the Brazen Head. It is a wonderful book, and an indispensible resource to any Joyce enthusiast. I would also like to thank the National Library of Ireland for providing the James Joyce Historical Documents package, another excellent resource that was critical in the creation of this page.

–Allen B. Ruch:
14 August 2004

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