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A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O’Malley’s Ireland


Gallery of Photography Ireland together with the National Photography Archive are presenting two complementary exhibitions devoted to the work of American artist, Helen Hooker O’Malley (1905-1993

Ireland was Helen’s most important source of inspiration for over half a century. Her decades-long love affair with the landscape, history and people of Ireland was ignited by her tumultuous relationship with revolutionary and author, Ernie O’Malley.

Having met Ernie in the US in 1933, Helen braved family opposition to elope and marry him in London, 1935. The couple established homes in Dublin and Mayo and had three children together. Despite divorcing Ernie in 1952, Helen’s love of Ireland endured undiminished.

Helen photographed her life in Ireland from 1935 onwards. Here in the Gallery of Photography, we present her early work – explorations made during expeditions with Ernie into the Irish landscape, her observations of Irish rural life particularly in County Mayo, and her portraits of artists and friends. We also include a fascinating record of her travels in Russia and East Asia.

The NLI’s collection of Hooker O’Malley’s photographs dates largely from the mid 1970’s, when she found a new freedom, enthusiasm and energy to pursue her art. These works demonstrate a mature creativity honed over a lifetime’s involvement in the visual arts. The exhibition includes iconic Irish landmarks, such as Croagh Patrick, portraits of Helen’s artistic circle, including Paddy Moloney and Mary Lavin, in addition to spontaneous images of everyday life in 1970’s Ireland.

The exhibition is accompanied by a book featuring over 120 photographs and texts by Cormac K.H. O’Malley and Luke Gibbons.

A Modern Eye continues at the Gallery of Photography until September 1st, and at the National Photographic Archive until November 2nd 2019.
Admission to both venues is free.

Exhibition and Book Launch: Thursday June 20 at 6.30pm
Public Tour, guided by Cormac O’Malley: Sunday June 23 at 2pm
Guided tours are available every Wednesday at 1.15pm during the run of the exhibition.

Darkroom Magic – Photogram Photography Workshop for Cruinniú na nÓg

On June 15th the Gallery of Photography is delighted to offer a free creative, fun-packed and educational workshop experience specially designed for children and young people for Cruinniú na nÓg with tutor Darragh Shanahan.

Places need to be booked so please phone in your booking on 01 6714654, timetable schedule below.

Workshop description

Darkroom Magic – Photogram Photography gives small groups (max 6 per session) hands-on access to all the tools required for creating a photogram. A photogram is a painting made with light, in a photographic darkroom, they are made by placing objects of varying opacity on light-sensitive photographic paper. Each students photogram is a unique work of art, theirs to take home.

Before these unique works of art are taken away, they are digitally scanned and will be displayed on the Gallery’s website and social media platforms as an online exhibition.

The workshop is offered in two versions, each tailor designed for the interests and abilities of children in two age bands: 9-11 year olds and young teenagers (12-15 year olds)

Saturday 15 June:

1) 11:30 -12:10 – 9 -11 year olds
2) 12:20-13:00 – 12-15 year olds

3) 13:30-14:10 – 9-12 year olds
4) 14:20-15:00 – 9-12 year olds

5) 15:30-16:10 – 12-15 year olds
6) 16:20-17:00 – 12-15 year olds

Tutor Darragh Shanahan with student working on compostions. image by Adriana Vancova

Tutor Bio:
Darragh Shanahan graduated from DIT in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Photography, Incorporating Visual Studies, History of Photography, Theory and Criticism. He is a freelance Black & White photography, Pinhole Photography & Photogram tutor for school groups and special needs students.

Darragh has devised & led ‘after school’ photography programmes with the Family Resource Centre in St Michael’s Estate commissioned by Common Ground in collaboration with Suas, the educational wing of Concern Worldwide. An exhibition of this work took place in the IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art. Children on the programme also exchanged photographs with children from India & Kenya and a collaboration with other community groups took part in the group exhibition Tales from the Promised Land on site in St Michael’s Estate.
His self published 2014 book ‘Love is a Stranger’ was shortlisted for the International Photobook Dummy Award leading to the book being exhibited at international photo events in Athens, Cologne, Dublin, Madrid, Milano, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Paraty and Sao Paulo. In permanent collection at Photobook Museum Cologne. Darragh manages the Gallery of Photography Ireland’s communications, exhibition installations, lighting installations, coordinates the education programme & is the manager of their bookshop specialising in photography.

Photography Collage Workshop

Image Collage Workshop

With visual artists Laura McMorrow and Helena Gouveia Monteiro from the collective Stereo Editions

Date: 25th May 2019 (now booking)

Time: 10:00 am – 4: 30 pm (break 12:00pm – 1:00pm)

No. of Places: 10 max

Course Fee: €65 (€55 Gallery of Photography Members)

Use images ranging from the banal to the bizarre to create a unique collage that defies reality.

This workshop led by two visual artists will introduce participants to concepts and techniques of collage art, providing examples, guidance and materials for the creation of individual image collages.

They will get a chance to work with photographic materials from books, magazines, photographs etc. to create their collage’s allowing them to experiment with techniques and explore their creativity.

Students will become familiar with the endless possibilities of collage as seen in Dadaism, Surrealism and Conceptual Art. The workshop will open up the technical possibilities of collage that can be translated into music, literature, film and beyond

All materials are provided and no prior experience is necessary.

The workshop will be split into two sessions with a break in between:

10am-12pm: Introduction to collage, talk-through of historical examples and technical details.

1pm-4.30pm: Practice with materials, creation of final piece.

Where is it? The workshop takes place in the Gallery of Photography’s Light Room located at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Is this workshop for me? This course is welcome to all abilities and ideal for those interested in collage and photography from the ages of 15+

How do I book a place? In order to secure a place we advise that you book well in advance as places are often heavily oversubscribed. You may book by calling into the Gallery in person, or by telephone at 01-6714654. We regret that we cannot accept bookings by email. ­Please telephone to check availability of places.

For further information: Email us at or phone us on 01-6714654

Terms and Conditions: Places are booked only on receipt of full course fee which is non- refundable.

The Gallery reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course if necessary. The Gallery does not accept responsibility for injury to individuals or any loss or damages to property or personal possessions. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Tutor Bios

Laura McMorrow: Laura is a visual artist from Leitrim, Ireland. She holds a Masters in Fine art from the University of Ulster in Belfast, 2012 and graduated with a degree in painting from Limerick School of Art and Design, 2008. In 2017, Laura was awarded the Burren College of Art Emerging Irish Residency Award and has worked in the National Drawing Collection of Ireland. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Leitrim Sculpture Centre and group exhibitions at 126 Gallery in Galway and Catalyst Arts Gallery in Belfast. Her practice incorporates video installation, sculpture, collage, and painting.

Helena Gouveia Monteiro: Filmmaker, photographer and editor Helena Gouveia Monteiro was born in Lisbon and lives and works in Dublin. She studied at both the National College of Art and Design in Ireland and the Villa Arson National Art School in France, from whom she received her MFA in 2015. She participated in several group exhibitions, screenings and performances such as Odyssée in Nice, Altered States in Hastings, Staunton International Film Festival, PRÁM studios and Prototyp gallery in Prague and PhotoIreland in Dublin.

Prix Pictet | SPACE

This new exhibition of photographs by Kenneth O’Halloran shows him at the peak of his powers. It focuses on his colour work from Ireland, and centres on a large installation of his magisterial series on Handball Alleys. These now silent structures attest to the passing of time and to the changing dynamics of rural communities. Like the dolmens that John Montague offered as a metaphor for the old people of his childhood, these modern ruins are liminal structures, open-air theatres where the ghosts of a lost civilisation linger.


Ruins of another era – the madness of the Celtic Tiger property boom – are explored in a further colour series, ‘Tales from the Promised Land’. With grim humour, O’Halloran observes the excesses fuelled by cheap credit, and the desecration wrought on the landscape as a culture of greed masquerading as entrepreneurship became normalized.


Elegy and loss are not the over-riding mood of the exhibition. At its emotional core, O’Halloran’s gently probing studies of his parents in his hometown of Corofin celebrate the real and lasting bonds of family and community. Centring on his father, the town’s draper and undertaker, ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a personal and loving portrait of contemporary rural life.



Kenneth O’Halloran was born in County Clare and is now based in Dublin. A graduate of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, he also holds a Masters in Fine Art Photography from The University of Ulster, Belfast. 

O’Halloran’s work has appeared in numerous international publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME, GEO, The Financial Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan Magazine. His work has been recognized by Royal Hibernian Academy, American Photography, Alliance Francaise, and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. He is also a winner of a World Press Photo Award, the Terry O’Neill Photography Award. In 2017, he won the Syngenta Photography Award and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in the same year.

He has exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery, London; The Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh; Void, Derry; The RHA, Dublin and The National Gallery of Ireland. See