David Farrell: Innocent Landscapes

  January –
February 2001

Image by David Farrell from the exhibition Innocent Landscapes at the Gallery of Photography

In 1999, as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, the IRA finally admitted the ‘killing and secret burial’ of ten people from a possible list of fifteen missing people. At the end of May they released a roll call of locations that were said to be the burial places of nine people from this list.

In the summer of 1999 David Farrell from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan to visit and photograph his first ‘site’ where, three weeks earlier, the remains of Brian McKinney (22) and John McClory (18) had been found. He followed the searches and this selection of photos are the result.

Booklet from David Farrell's exhibition "Innocent Landscapes" at the Gallery of Photography 2001

Booklet from David Farrell’s exhibition “Innocent Landscapes” at the Gallery of Photography 2001

About the artist: David Farrell was born in Dublin in 1961. He studied Chemistry at UCD graduating with a Ph.D. in 1987. He is currently working as a lecturer in photography in IADT-Dun Laoghaire. He has worked independently and on ‘communion’ projects with partner Gogo della Luna (Gudòk). Received the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2001 for ‘Innocent Landscapes’.

Image by David Farrell from the exhibition Innocent Landscapes at the Gallery of Photography

Image by David Farrell from the exhibition Innocent Landscapes at the Gallery of Photography

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Gallery of Photography Teachers resource pack, produced for the Innocent Landscapes Exhibition by David Farrell