The Donoghue twins sit inside their caravan at the Ballinasloe horse fair in County Galway, Ireland.
Life With the Irish Travellers Reveals a Bygone World
One photographer spent four years gaining unprecedented access to this close-knit community.
When Birte Kaufmann first encountered Irish Travellers, she was on a trip with friends in the Irish countryside and saw a girl and her little brother running toward a roadside camp. The caravans and horses reminded Kaufmannn, who is German, of the Romany camps she had seen elsewhere in Europe, but the people looked intriguingly different.
Who were they, she wondered, and how could she delve deeper into their culture?
"People said, You'll never get an insight into that community—forget about it," Kaufmann recalls of sharing with Irish friends her burgeoning plans to photograph the close-knit Travellers.
An ethnic minority in Ireland, the Travellers have lived on the margins of mainstream Irish society for centuries. Efforts have been made to incorporate the