The Faces Project at Culture Night

20 09 2013


Heading into Culture Night in Cork tonight? Stop by the Blackrock Scouts Hall on your way in to see the Faces Project by Cork Analogue Photographers (aka Eyesoup).

You can find directions on Cork Culture Nights’ website here

Cork Analogue Photographers are representing their collection of portraits taken during the summer of 2010. The body of work reveals people attending various concerts at the Marquee. The aim of this work is to discover and reflect on diversity among different music fans in and the energy that is unique to the festival season.

Portraits in this collection were taken before the live performances of bands such as Megadeath, Kenny Rodgers, Paul Weller, Deep Purple, Snoop Dog, Tony Bennett and Madness.


Cork Analogue Photographers is a small group of artistic self- funded photographers working together since 2008 solely with film-based photography. We enjoy the craft of shooting and printing film. In the midst of modern technology we are passionate about analogue and alternative processes and certain that the film photography should not be lost. All the work in this exhibition has been hand printed @ Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork.





An exhibition of photographs in the Cork Public Museum by Azem Koleci

5 06 2012

©Azem Koleci

I first met Azem Koleci at the Disposable Camera Day back in November 2010. A lovely guy with a great interest in photography, I’ve bumped into Azem at varous exhibitions and photo related events and goodness since then.

Azem told me a while back that he was putting together an exhibition of photographs that he has taken around Cork city, and the project has now been completed. The official opening will be on Thursday coming, June 7th, at the Cork public museum. I asked Azem to tell me a little more about himself and the exhibition, and this is what he said:

My name is Azem Koleci, Albanian and Irish, living in Cork for the past 10 years.
I study photography in St John’s College, and am a member of Cork camera Group. I am therefore a member of the Irish Photographic Federation, and am a member of many other national/international photographic/art organisations and societies. I have had several photo exhibition in Cork, starting in 2005 as part of Cork capital City of Culture, at Cork public Museum. 2006 at Cork Coffee Roasters, 2007 at the Post Office in Wilton, 2008 at  the Tory Top Library and 2010 at Cork City Library. For several years my photos have been shown twice a year as part of CCG at Cork School of Music, and Cork Vision Centre.
My current exhibition, “Reflection”, is on now at Cork Public Museum and will be shown for 3-4 months there.
The 30 photos are all large print, B&W, and show the City of Cork along River Lee bank reflected on water.
The Official opening and reception will take place on Thursday June 7th at 6 pm by the Lord Mayor of Cork.
Some of photos will be donated to Museum and any further sales will be donated to charity.
I am continuing to work on projects & exhibitions in the future, especially in Cork which is my second home to the one I was born in, and I feel this is my way to give something back.

Do try and get along to the opening at the Cork Public Museum, or at least the exhibition over the next couple of months. It will be worth a visit!

– Rory

ASPECT: an open submission exhibition

24 05 2012

ASPECT: an open submission exhibition

The Organisers

RightBrain is a fine-art printing service for visual artists and creative professionals based in Cork city.
RightBrain specialises in exhibitions, portfolios and editions. It is a Hahnemühle Certified fine-art print studio and the only Digigraphie Certified Lab in Ireland

Stag & Deer is an exhibition-making team whose objective is the innovative promotion of lens-based work.

Tactic Cork is an artist-led exhibition space in Cork City Centre

Remit for Open Submission

This exhibition is a platform for emerging/early career national and international photographic/lens-based artists, graduates and undergraduates. We are looking for imaginative and inventive high-quality work. There are no limitations on theme, genre, technique, process, or approach. The selected work will be exhibited in Cork city in October 2012.

The Exhibition

RightBrain will be sponsoring the exhibition in full by printing all selected work on behalf of the artists. The approximate print size of each work will be approx 16 X 20 inches (40x50cm). There may be some size variation for presentation purposes. The work will be presented in a contemporary style to a professional level. The hanging of the work and the presentation approach will be at the discretion of the organisers.

Stag & Deer and Tactic Cork will be supporting the exhibition by providing exhibition-making services as well as the exhibition space. Aspect will take place at Tactic Cork, 3rd floor, Former Government Buildings, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, Ireland. It will be part of the Stag & Deer event THERE THERE which will be taking place in October 2012.

How to Submit

A submission can have no more than five images. Work can be submitted by email or in the form of physical prints. There is an entry fee of €10 per submission to be paid through PayPal on the the Stag & Deer website.
All submissions must quote a relevant PayPal Transaction Number or your entry will not be considered for selection.

Images can be emailed in JPEG format together with an artist’s statement / small bio, your PayPal Transaction Number, name, address and website/blog address (if applicable) to

If you would prefer to submit physical prints then please post 5 prints at 10 X 8 inches or similar to RightBrain, 9 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, Cork, Ireland. The prints must reach us before the submission deadline. You must also include your PayPal Transaction Number, artist’s statement/small bio, name, address and email address. Prints will be returned if a fully paid stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.

Submissions will be accepted from Monday May 21st 9am until Friday June22nd midnight, 2012.

The selection process will take place during the final week of June and the first week of July. Selected artists will receive notification by email when the selection process is complete.

In the event that you are selected for ASPECT, all images must be made available to RightBrain as high resolution digital files for exhibition printing within one week of receiving the notification email from us.

The Panel

The selection panel will consist of:

Matt Packer of The Lewis Glucksman Gallery

Pádraig Spillane & Pamela Condell of Stag & Deer

Pamela Myers Artistic Director, TACTIC Sample-Studios, Cork

Sheelah Moloney of 2020 Art Gallery, Cork

Tony O’Brien owner of RightBrain

Photography Meet Up

23 04 2012

© Naomi Smith

Naomi at the Dark Room in Camden Palace Hotel  in Cork is organising a photography meet up on Friday evening on Friday. From the Dark Room website

“… Join us in Camden Palace Hotel on Friday 27th April @ 5pm in the meeting room (lovely bright room upstairs), where we will be looking at books/ work, please feel free to bring your own work or something you find interesting. …”

I’m hoping to be there, followed by a dash out to the Sirius in Cobh for the Sputnik ‘Is(not)’ opening at 7. Yet another evening of great photography in Cork!

– Rory

Simon Norfolk

14 04 2012

© Simon Norfolk. Image pulled from the Irish Times website

Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan by John Burke and Simon Norfolk is running in the Crawford gallery in Cork until June 30th.

From Simon Norfolk’s website, the following description –

“… In October 2010, Simon Norfolk began a series of new photographs in Afghanistan, which takes its cue from the work of nineteenth-century British photographer John Burke. Norfolk’s photographs reimagine or respond to Burke’s Afghan war scenes in the context of the contemporary conflict. Conceived as a collaborative project with Burke across time, this new body of work is presented alongside Burke’s original portfolios. …”

Norfolk will be talking about the work and exhibition at the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow, on April 18th at 7pm and at the Crawford on April 19th at 5.30pm.

In addition, the Sirius Arts Centre in partnership with the Crawford Art Gallery are running a four day master class with Norfolk at the end of June. Places are limited, so apply soon if you would like to attend!  See; 021-4273377

Aidan Dunne wrote a good article about the work in todays Irish Times – see it here if you missed the paper today. Also lots of information and photographs on Norfolks website here.

– Rory

Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection

3 03 2012

Meridel Rubenstein, Donaldo Valdez, El guique, ’49 Chevy from “The Lowriders, Portraits from New Mexico,” 1980, Colour coupler print, 35.6 x 43.2 cm, @ Meridel Rubenstein

With my eye ever on the photo pulse (not), I just found out about this exhibition via the cool Le Cool website. Opened in IMMA on Feb 22nd, and running till May 20th is Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection.

Quote from IMMAs website:

“… The exhibition presents works by some of photography’s most celebrated names, from 19th-century innovators Gustave Le Gray, Julia Margaret Cameron and Carleton Watkins, via 20th-century luminaries: Alfred Stieglitz, Harry Callahan, and Irving Penn, to contemporary image makers: William Eggleston, Thomas Ruff and Cindy Sherman. Modern works are juxtaposed with older works, European with American, and staged subjects with documentary images. These conversations create unique visual groupings, including images of visitors responding to art in museums, such as Thomas Struth’s Audience 4 (2004), which shows people gazing upward at Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Academia Gallery in Florence, and Musée du Louvre 4, Paris (1989), where visitors contemplate Théodore Géricault’s famous Raft of the Medusa in a Louvre galle …”

Certainly an exhibition I’ll make sure to see, and I’ll write more about it here when I do. In the meantime, some useful dates for the diary (also from IMMAs website):

STUDIO 8 PROGRAMME FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS – Sat 3 March, 11am – 2pm
Gallery/Studio session in association with the Conversations exhibition
The sessions are free but booking is requested

TEENCREATE for 12-15 year olds – Sat 10 March from 2.30pm-5pm
IMMA mediators will be leading a gallery discussion and workshop based on theConversations exhibition.
The sessions are free but booking is requested

LECTURE : Visual Democracy by Liam Kennedy – Thurs 22 March, 5.00pm, The Johnston Suite
Professor Liam Kennedy, Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin, presents a talk which explores the ways in which photography has represented the meanings of American identity in a range of frames and settings.
Booking is essential

Gallery Talk: Conversations: Bechers and Beyond by curator Mary Cremin – Thurs 12 April at 4pm, New Galleries
Booking is essential


All looks great. Please go to IMMAs website to make bookings, or just get your arse in and see the photographs!

– Rory

Leaving Home: Images of Emigration Circa 1920’s Cobh

2 03 2012

Image from the Mount Brandon Hotel Collection

Exhibition opening Thursday March 8th at the Sirius. Quoting from the Sirius:

“… Opening Thursday 8 March at 7:00pm our next exhibition – Leaving Home: Images of Emigration Circa 1920’s Cobh. From the Mount Brandon Hotel Collection. Special Guest Speaker Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager, Port of Cork. As part of the RMS Titanic Centenary Commemoration events. A stunning collection of images – special thanks to Iris Toner and Tony O’Brien at Right Brain in Cork who helped us organise this stunning collection of photographs. Running until Sunday 22 April. …”

– Rory