General Practice

Photographs by Fionn McCann
  May 2012

Image from exhibition ‘General Practice’ © Fionn McCann

General Practice highlights the vital role of GPs in contemporary Irish society, providing a glimpse into the usually private interactions between GP and patient. In colour and black-and-white photographs, the photographer Fionn McCann captures the trials, tribulations and sometimes humour of these encounters..

Through the sensitivity of McCann’s lens, the frontline work of GPs is revealed in all its diversity. In the consulting room or on home visits, the GP may be called upon to medicate, to perform procedures or simply to explain and reassure. Above all, the confessional quality of the patient-GP encounter, where listening to the patient’s concerns is of prime importance, is underlined.

This exhibition marks the closing event of the tercentenary celebrations of the Medical School of Trinity College Dublin. It is the inspiration of the Professor of General Practice, Tom O’Dowd who commissioned Fionn McCann as photographer. The images were made between 2008 and 2011, and document a series of patients’ visits to six General Practitioners throughout Ireland. The GPs and the featured patients gave permission to have McCann present during these normally private encounters and the project was ethically approved by the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Admission is free

For further information, for colour or black/white image scans, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Darragh Shanahan, Communications Manager, Gallery of Photography Ireland. or telephone 01-6714654day March 25th


About Fionn McCann

Born in Dublin in 1973, Fionn McCann has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. He was twice recipient of the Simon Cumbers Media Challenge Fund. His projects include a boxset work from the Anatomy School, Trinity College Dublin as well as numerous editorial, film and music industry projects.

About Trinity College School of Medicine

The School of Medicine in the University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, celebrated its tercentenary in 2011. An apothecary named Thomas Smith who was Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time, founded the University of Dublin in 1592, but it was not until 1711, following the construction of the first Anatomy School Building, that the Medical School was officially opened. The School now occupies the recently completed Biosciences Institute on Dublin’s Pearse Street, along with research institutes both on the Trinity campus and in the affiliated hospitals around the city. The mission of the School is to facilitate and provide Medical Education to the highest international standards, embracing an ethos of social responsibility, accountability, public service and community involvement, and is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the wider community by training doctors to practice medicine with integrity and a deep understanding of the impact of psycho-social influences and inequity on health and disease.