Michael Durand

  February –
March 1998

Image of poster from the exhibition by Michael Durand at the Gallery of Photography

The Gallery of Photography is delighted to present the first Irish solo exhibition of work by Michael Durand, a major new talent in contemporary photography.

Durand’s images are stylish, upbeat – and funny. In contrast to the gloomy seriousness of so much contemporary visual art, Durand’s work is laced with a sassy humor and visual wit. At the same time, with images taken across many major cities of Europe, the exhibition also invites consideration of the role of individual and national identities as business, communications and entertainment become more global.

The photographs are all in color and are presented in three series:

  • 24 Hours in the Life of a Public Phonebox offers a quirky view of the micro-dramas that are daily played out in public phone booths. This series consists of a tape-slide installation and 3 sets of prints.
  • Modern Leisure, twelve direct street portraits, is an exuberant celebration of the individuals portrayed.
  • Police is an ongoing series of large-scale color images of European landmarks with a policeman on guard. Featuring the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Brandenburg Gate and others, this alternative Grand Tour brings a pop-up aesthetic to the traditional postcard view.
Image by Michael Durand from the exhibition at the Gallery of Photography

Image by Michael Durand from the exhibition at the Gallery of Photography

The exhibition is sponsored by Telecom Eireann Callcard division; Thomas Patrick Ltd, Waterford Corporation , Agfa and Beck’s Bier.

About the artist: Michael Durand was born in Waterford in 1969. He studied at the Waterford Regional Technical College and at IADT Dun Laoghaire. His work has been exhibited at Kunstlerwerkstatt(Berlin), Cité des Arts(Paris) and at the National Portrait Gallery(London). He was awarded a five month residency in Paris as part of L’Imaginaire Irlandais Festival. This is his first solo exhibition in Ireland.