On the History and practice of Photography in Ireland.

Creative Europe

Arts Council Funding The Arts

Dublin City Council and Dublin City Arts Office

The Office of Public Works (OPW)

Irish Arts Review

For the full month of July 2022, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique programme showcasing the History of Photography in Ireland. From the early days, where Ireland played an important role in its technological development, to the diverse and socially engaged set of contemporary art practices that define it today, this is the biggest and most comprehensive survey exhibition to date on the subject. All presented right in the city centre, at The Printworks, Dublin Castle.

Continuing with its public-facing research project started in 2019, PhotoIreland presents the second instalment of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, with an ambitious and comprehensive survey exhibition that defines what Photography represents today for Ireland, while contextualising its historical background. The presentation, part of the PhotoIreland Festival 2022, is accompanied by an extensive educational programme that provides artist led workshops, conferences, talks, and curatorial tours, amongst others, as much as a series of publications that will serve as a substantial and definite resource for the discipline. Complementing the offer, an extensive reading room provides the largest presentation of Irish photobooks to date, drawn from the PhotoIreland Collection, as much as public and private collections.

Spread across a generous 2000m², visitors can now access a set of exhibitions and video installations introducing many works, some well-known and many never seen before, while trailing along a history that sees the transformation of a technology into a fully matured artistic practice.

The project is the result of ongoing research by Ángel Luis González Fernández, Director of PhotoIreland, who received support of the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary towards its development. The aim is to provide a conclusive and detailed analysis of the practice in Ireland, covering both its historical and specific cultural context, consulting and collaborating with key individuals, organisations, archives, and generate appropriate access to the research. It will underline the existing diversity of public and private collectors and collections holding valuable artworks, and evidence a broad and diverse array of artistic and curatorial practices. 

Get Involved

As part of this public-facing research project, PhotoIreland is proposing various ways in which everyone, artists, public and private organisations, curators, historians, collectors, archivists, and all art professionals, as much as the general public, can participate.

In this first research phase, we are collecting information from all possible sources, deepening our ongoing exploration, and asking everyone to kindly contribute to the process. At the same time, we are opening a conversation with cultural professionals and organisations, in Ireland and abroad, to identify co-programming, touring, and loaning opportunities.

Slideshow: events and exhibitions hosted during the first instalment of The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, in July 2019, at The Printworks.

Public

We are calling all citizens on the island of Ireland and any individuals interested in supporting this project to contribute to it by sharing your knowledge. What kind of information are we looking for? Let us know if you are aware of:

  • A practicing photographer or photographic artist, past or present, that is not listed in our index of artists.
  • A publication about any aspect of Photography in Ireland, or featuring works by any Ireland based photographer not currently in our collection.
  • The current or historical locations of photography studios, galleries, publishers, personal or public archives or collections, related to Photography in Ireland, on the island or abroad, that should be acknowledged and considered in this research.
  • Any other detail that may contribute to an accurate representation of the discipline.

To share any details and be credited in the research and publication materials, please email info@photoireland.org with ‘Photography in Ireland’ in the subject line.

Artists

Calling all Irish lens-based artists/photographers and those based on the island of Ireland:

  • Make sure you are listed in our index of artists. If you are not there, please submit your details to be acknowledged in the research and publication materials. Amongst other things, in this submission you should inform us about any book featuring your work, or any book published by you, so we can consider its acquisition in the case that it is not currently in our collection, and it is available for purchase.
  • If you know of any other individuals that should be listed, please let them know about this research or put us in contact.
  • If you know any publication about any aspect of Photography in Ireland, or featuring works by any Ireland based photographer not currently in our collection, please let us know.

Email your details and any questions to info@photoireland.org with ‘Photography in Ireland’ in the subject line.
Note that this first research phase is not a call for works or an exhibition opportunity.

Cultural Professionals

To acknowledge the work of cultural professionals, on the island of Ireland and abroad, in the cultivation and promotion of photographic practices, we are seeking to collaborate with individuals interested in contributing to the programme in July 2022 with their own exhibitions, events, and other educational components. Co-programming arts professionals can expect financial and curatorial support from PhotoIreland.

In addition, we ask cultural professionals to kindly contribute to our research by revising their archives and identifying lens-based artists and photographers that they may have worked with in the past that are not listed in our index of artists. Likewise, we would appreciate sharing any knowledge on publications that may relate to Photography in Ireland, or present the works of Irish artists in this discipline, especially if they are not in our collection.

Get in touch with Ángel Luis González at angel@photoireland.org

Cultural Organisations

To acknowledge the work of cultural organisations, on the island of Ireland and abroad, in the cultivation and promotion of photographic practices, we are seeking to collaborate with cultural organisations interested in the historical, artistic, and pedagogic value of this research project. We are proposing them to contribute to the programme in July 2022 with their own exhibitions, events, and educational components. Co-programming cultural organisations can expect financial and curatorial support from PhotoIreland.

In addition, we ask cultural organisations to kindly contribute to our research by revising their archives and identifying lens-based artists and photographers that they may have worked with in the past that are not listed in our index of artists. Likewise, we would appreciate sharing any knowledge on publications that may relate to Photography in Ireland, or present the works of Irish artists in this discipline, especially if they are not in our collection.

Get in touch with Ángel Luis González at angel@photoireland.org

Writers & Critics

To acknowledge the work of writers and critics in the cultivation of an understanding of photographic practices, we are seeking to collaborate with individuals interested in participating in this research project. We are proposing you to contribute to the programme materials with your own texts, presenting us with already written work or by proposing articles to be commissioned, as much as any other educational components, receiving financial support from PhotoIreland.

In addition, we ask you to kindly contribute to our research by sharing any names of artists and photographers that you may have worked with in the past that are not listed in our index of artists. Likewise, we would appreciate sharing any knowledge on publications that may relate to Photography in Ireland, or present the works of Irish artists in this discipline, especially if they are not in our collection.

Get in touch with Ángel Luis González at angel@photoireland.org

Art & Photo Historians

To acknowledge the work of Art and Photo Historians, on the island of Ireland and abroad, in the cultivation and promotion of photographic practices, we are seeking to collaborate with individuals interested in contributing to the programme and educational materials with their own research, receiving financial support from PhotoIreland.

In addition, we ask Art and Photo Historians to kindly contribute to our research identifying lens-based artists and photographers that they may have come across in the past that are not listed in our in-progress index of artists. Likewise, we would appreciate sharing any knowledge on publications that may relate to Photography in Ireland, or present the works of Irish artists in this discipline, especially if they are not in our collection.

Get in touch with Ángel Luis González at angel@photoireland.org

Collectors & Archivists

To acknowledge the work of private collectors and archivists, on the island of Ireland and abroad, in the cultivation and promotion of photographic practices, we are seeking to collaborate with those interested in contributing either to the exhibited materials by loaning work or to the educational materials with their own research, receiving financial support from PhotoIreland, and be credited in the research, exhibition, and publication materials.

In addition, let us know if you know of:

  • A practicing photographer or photographic artist, past or present, that is not listed in our index of artists.
  • A publication about any aspect of Photography in Ireland, or featuring works by any Ireland based photographer not currently in our collection.
  • The current or historical locations of photography studios, galleries, publishers, personal or public archives or collections, related to Photography in Ireland, on the island or abroad, that should be acknowledged and considered in this research.
  • Any other detail that may contribute to an accurate representation of the discipline.

Get in touch with Ángel Luis González at angel@photoireland.org