Contemporary Irish Photography
June 1987 –
Contemporary Irish photography was founded in 1985 by a group of independent Irish photographers with the view to exhibiting the best in creative Irish photography on a biennial basis. It also sought to encourage the development of new, previously unexhibited photographers, as well as a broader appreciation of photography as a serious art form.
In June 1987, the first Contemporary Irish Photography exhibition was mounted at the Guinness Hop Store in Dublin with the support of The Arts Council and Dublin Corporation. The exhibition subsequently transferred to the Belltable in Limerick. The 1989 Contemporary Irish Photography exhibition ‘captured light’ again launched at the Hop Store with the continuing assistance of the Arts Council features the work of 28 photographers from all over Ireland. The show consists of 12 invited photographers and 11 open submission photographers, with the remainder being made up by members of the Contemporary Irish Photography Committee.
The open submission section, selected by Paul Hill and Kevin O’Farrell, is a new feature to the show and was initiated to discover and encourage photographers who may not have previously exhibited their work. Photographers were asked to submit a body of work consisting of not less than three and not more than six prints(monochrome or colour) with a particular emphasis that each portfolio should possess a coherence, thereby illustrating an individual style or approach to the meduim of photography.