Looking at Photographs at the Dark Room at Camden Palace Hotel

30 03 2012
© Rory O'Toole

© Rory O'Toole

Last Wednesday the first photography forum / talk was held at the Dark Room at Camden Palace Hotel. It was an informal talk with a panel consisting of photographer Naomi Smith, Jess Jones, Stephen Ahern and painter Grattan Keating. And about 30 people turned up to join in the discussion. Plenty of fun and chat, some agreements, and some disagreements ensued!

Stephen started the discussion by introducing us to the David Kronn exhibition, Out of the Dark Room, which was shown for the past few months at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery here in Cork. Some of the photographs from the exhibition were shown on a projected slideshow, and we discussed the idea of a collection, and curating an exhibition. The discussion moved onto digital culture, and took a slight left tangent into art education, where Grattan Keating was particularly passionate!

In all it was a very enjoyable evening, and followed with a cup of tea or glass of wine at the Camden Palace cafe.

Looking forward to the next one!

– Rory



Eleanor Callaghan

1 03 2012

© Harry Callaghan. From NYTimes website

Over the past few weeks I have visited the David Kronn exhibition at the Lewis Glucksman gallery, and was struck by the number of Harry Callaghan prints in the collection. Today I learnt that his great muse in life, his wife Eleanor Callaghan, has passed away. She was 95. Eleanor and Harry were married for 63 years. There’s an obituary at the New York Times here.

– Rory

David Kronn at the Lewis Gluckman gallery

24 01 2012

Photograph from the Lewis Glucskman website. Click to go to the site.

The Lewis Glucksman gallery in Cork is currently showing a selection of works from the collection of David Cronn. This exhibition was first shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) during the summer of 2011, and has been reworked by the curatorial team at the Glucksman. See the Glucksman website for more details.

We are planning a trip to see the exhibition on Sat 4th February. We’ll be meeting at 1pm at the main gate to UCC on Western Road. Anyone who wishes to join us is more than welcome. It would be great to meet some fellow Cork photographers!

– Rory