Fifth Edition 6th – 16th September

Fifth Edition: A Photobook Show

Venue: TIFF- International Photography Festival, Recepcja, Wrocław, ul. Ruska 46a
Dates: 6th – 16th September

Fifth Edition showcases contemporary Irish Photobooks featuring both emerging and established artists. The selection demonstrates a variety of approaches to the photographic medium, while highlighting both Irish photographers and works created in Ireland.

Featured Artists:
Anthony Haughey
Eamonn Doyle
Eoin O Conaill
Garry Loughlin
Harry Moore

Jan McCullough
Johnny Savage
Kate Nolan
Linda Brownlee
Martin Cregg

Miriam O’Connor
Noel Bowler
Patricia Klich
Patrick Hogan
Paul Carroll

Paul Gaffney
Perry Ogden
Stephen Ahern
Wally Cassidy
Yvette Monahan

Kate Nolan: Neither

Neither looks at the dreams and fears of young women in Kaliningrad – a small and isolated Russian region on the Baltic Sea – through both image and text. The first generation to grow up after the collapse of the Soviet Union, what is there identity on this ‘island’ within Europe? The women I met and be-friended generously opened up their homes and their minds to me, guiding me through the stories of their region, helping me better understand the links between place, identity, and history.

This self-published photobook, designed by Dutch designer -SYB-, interweaves my images with the words – both historical and contemporary of these women. Neither seeks not to answer questions, but rather to give voice to the experiences of the women of Kaliningrad.

Fifth Edition Kate Nolan Neither
Kate Nolan Neither

Johnny Savage: Fallout

Fallout is a series that considers a modern Irish landscape, where empty buildings stand like ruins, reminders of another time or place in history. Like portals to a different world, they quietly haunt the periphery of towns and cities: anonymous, identical and in a limbo between the real and unreal…

Johnny Savage studied Documentary Photography at University Wales Newport, graduating in 2004 with a BA (Hons) Degree. In 2014 Savage completed the MFA in Fine Art Photography at University of Ulster and subsequently had his first book; Fallout published by independent publisher, The Velvet Cell.

Johnny Savage lives in North Co. Kildare, Ireland. Savage lectures on photography at Griffith College, Dublin and also works freelance as a commercial photographer.

Fifth Edition Johnny Savage Fallout
Johnny Savage Fallout

Anthony Haughey: The Edge of Europe

Anthony Haughey’s series of colour photographs are an evocative portrayal of the complex relationship between the West of Ireland, its landscape and people, and Irelands Diaspora on the East Coast of America. The Western Edge of Europe is a changing world where politics, history and economic hardship have forged the foundations of deeply rooted communities and enriched them with a fluent aural and musical culture.

Haughey’s focus on the Great Blasket Island and the depopulated landscapes of western Ireland explores links with the past and vestiges of Irish Culture, and the challenges the populist notion of an Irish cultural Disney Land. Ireland’s Diaspora, the largest single population movement of the 19th century, has created huge global network of people claiming to be of Irish origin. The United States has become a home to millions of Irish people, a symbol of hope and economic freedom to many, whilst retaining unbreakable family ties with their homeland. In the last US census, forty million people claimed Irish ancestry.

In an interview with Mark Durden (in PORTFOLIO, Issue 25), Anthony Haughey suggests, ‘The experience of many first-generation Irish people is one of identity crisis – in between worlds or in limbo, neither existing fully integrated into the home country (Ireland) or host country (America).’

The publication includes bilingual texts and an essay by Fintan O’Toole.

Anthony Haughey The Edge of Europe
Anthony Haughey The Edge of Europe

Miriam O’Connor: Tomorrow Is Sunday

Tomorrow is Sunday is an on-going photographic project which engages with my return to the family farm following the death of my brother in 2013. The project employs photographs, texts, logbooks and inventories, which in differing ways reflect on how grief is processed through labour and farming practices over an extended period.

Miriam O'Connor Tomorrow is Sunday
Miriam O'Connor Tomorrow is Sunday

Martin Cregg: MIDLANDS (2004 -2014)

Over the last ten years, the work charts the construction of the Irish Midland region – from the height of the Irish economic boom to the economic uncertainties and insecurities of recession times. The conceptual framework of Midlands has evolved around the 20- year economic development plan – the National Spatial Strategy – which was announced in 2002, has largely by general consensus been a failure and subsequently, in 2013, has been abandoned. Under the strategy, investment in infrastructure and foreign direct investment were to be directed towards the creation of nine “gateways ” and a nine “hubs” which it was proposed would promote a prosperous and more balanced national development, facilitate inward investment, stimulate and support indigenous growth, produce sustainable development and create more vibrant interconnected townships.

In essence, the overarching intention was to put some shape on spatial planning in regional Ireland through a ‘polycentric’ framework inspired by the ‘Triangle Region’ model found in Denmark. The dream, however, did not materialize. Throughout this time, the artist has documented the cyclical processes of erasure, construction, abandonment, and decay that are evident on the rural landscape. While ‘Midlands’ represents topographic alterations which were both subtle and monumental, minute and large scale over this period of time, the work also represents the porous nature of the imagined borders of the region itself, questioning the very concept of what the ‘Midlands’ is – an undetermined geographical entity, under constant construction and re-definition.

“These photographs reveal the pure historicity of their moment when the idea of property was its own end, and the Midlands a blank canvas on which those desires could be made and sold. Cregg’s careful, continual observation, distilled over years, means that Midlands tells a minimal and powerful story of clearance, building, and dereliction.”  Colin Graham

Martin Cregg MIDLANDS (2004 -2014)
Martin Cregg MIDLANDS (2004 -2014)

Miriam O’Connor: Attention Seekers

We spend much of our daily lives caught up in busy routines, unobservant of the curious details that make up the visual world we are passing through. ‘Attention Seekers’ is a body of work which lingers on these often overlooked traces, singling them out with an attentive and subtle gaze that imbues them with a mysterious and magical vitality.

The subjects of these images solicit attention – that of the photographer and, ultimately, of the viewer – with their strangely insistent and often subtly unsettling juxtapositions, shapes and colours. Modest or minute elements are reoccurring motifs across the series, where, time, location and horizon lines are regularly obscured – comparatively hazy. Full of ambiguous clues and mischievous suggestions, the images represent, above all, a deep curiosity around looking and seeing, and a preoccupation with the impression that these scenes in some way return the gaze.

Fifth Edition Miriam O'Connor Attention Seekers
Miriam O'Connor Attention Seekers

Harry Moore: Shadowlands

The ‘Shadowlands’ project emerged from the distinct concern that Cork City Docks was in danger of being demolished and replaced with a bland office business complex. Harry Moore and William Wall felt that an essential element of the heritage of the city was going to be obliterated and some form of documentation was essential to reflect the past and be a guide for the future.

Harry Moore set about taking pinhole images of the docks, which were still working with cargo and historic boats still mooring at the quays. The ambition was to record the atmosphere of the location, rather than an exact likeness of the buildings and equipment.

William Wall was provided with a constant stream of the resulting images, from which he selected those to write the accompanying text, drawing on the history of the Docklands as well as the current political and social climate.

William Wall is the author of five novels, four collections of poetry and three of short fiction. He has received numerous prestigious awards. He is the first European to win the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. He won the Virginia Faulkner Award, the Sean O’Faolain Prize, The Patrick Kavanagh award and many more, and he was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and The Manchester Fiction Prize. His work has been translated into many languages and he translates from Italian.

Fifth Edition Harry Moore Shadowlands
Harry Moore Shadowlands

Patrick Hogan: Still

‘Still’ by Patrick Hogan is the winner of the Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Award 2012, Ireland ’s leading award for contemporary photography.

Patrick Hogan’s photographs present an intimate view of his encounters and surroundings in a remote area of rural Ireland where he lived for two years. In making this work, Hogan lets go of traditional notions of photographic documentation and narrative. Working instead with an intuitive openness and sensitivity to the world around him, his work unfolds in direct response to his ongoing encounters with the people and the landscapes of his locality.

Rather than attempting to offer some notion of ‘truth’ or ‘reality’ about a particular place or person, Hogan uses the camera as a tool to explore the uncertainties and ambivalence of photographic representation. At the heart of the work is a questioning of whether it is possible to develop a meaningful visual understanding of one’s intimate and immediate world. – Gallery Of Photography Press Release

“‘Still’…. perceives moments at which the sense of being is formed through the act of seeing, and it knows and accepts that these moments will appear incoherent, even broken.”   Colin Graham, NUI Maynooth.


Fifth Edition Patrick Hogan Still
Patrick Hogan Still

Yvette Monahan: The time of dreaming the world awake

The time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility.

This photographic body of work is based in a small region in Southern France. I was drawn there initially by the story of Bugarach, the ‘magic’ mountain. Bugarach was somehow connected to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on December 21st, 2012. The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, a new and sublime future. Bugarach was to be the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.

Yvette Monahan The time of dreaming the world awake
Yvette Monahan The time of dreaming the world awake

Wally Cassidy: The Other Half Lives

Documentary photographer of Dublin City from 1989-1993, pre-digital and Celtic Tiger. “Wally Cassidy started documentary photography, self-taught, back in 1989 spending four years photographing Dublin’s street characters, punk, and protests. In 1993 he put down the camera, for personal reasons, to work on building sites in Athlone during the Celtic Tiger. In 2012 he moved to Limerick, City of Culture where once again his passion to capture moments was sparked and continues today. “

Wally Cassidy The Other Half Lives
Wally Cassidy The Other Half Lives

Jan McCullough: Home Instruction Manual

Traditionally, instruction manuals have been the perfect source for practical solutions. Experts in specific subjects provide written authority on how to repair faults and carry out tasks from scratch. I typed ‘how to make a home’ into Google, and was directed to an online chat forum in which self-described experts were exchanging detailed instructions.

I rented an ordinary suburban house and carried out the strangers’ advice exactly over the period of two months. In complying with the instructions for making the perfect home, I contemplated the construction of an identity from scratch. The following photographs document the end result of my time living and working in the house, trying on different lives for size.

Jan McCullough Home Instruction Manual
Jan McCullough Home Instruction Manual

Eamonn Doyle: End

Created as both installation and publication, End. is a collaborative work by Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney, and David Donohoe. Built around the photographs of Doyle, it also features drawing and sound by Sweeney and Donohoe.

End. gives equal significance to the city and its population, their combined forces continuously shaping each other. Individual journeys of everyday life are compacted repetitively into the same streets.  Dubliners wear away at the autonomy of their city, while the streets themselves become a kind of sculptural civic mental State. Dublin, its light and its people, carry out dance-like actions, swapping roles in a series of short plays. End. unfolds as a sequence of events — loops of time and place — revealing a city whose concrete is as plastic as the movement of its inhabitants.

Eamonn Doyle End.
Eamonn Doyle End.

TIFF- International Photography Festival, one of the three major Polish photography festivals was launched in 2011 in the city of Wrocław and to date produced its seven editions. Being fully dedicated to photography, TIFF Festival showcases and promotes work of Polish and international artists, both emerging and established, each year, collaborating with major and independent galleries in Wrocław (BWA, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Entropia, IP Studio, Miejsce przy Miejscu to name a few) and acclaimed curators (Łukasz Rusznica, Jon Cazenave, Mikiko Kikuta to name a few) to produce high quality photography exhibitions.

Previous TIFF exhibitor Marlena Jabłońska was featured in the CPF18 programme in association with Crawford College of Art and Design as part of this exchange.


We would like to thank TIFF Festival and Culture Ireland for their support.

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