Some photography news

A friend of mine, John McAleer has set up a photographic monthly called Shotz Magazine, you can download the first issue of it as a pdf here. Each issue showcases five photographers work in five pieces
using no more than five hundred words to talk about themselves and their photography.It was launched last week and it already has over 340 friends on facebook. Built on that show of support they have now launched a daily page which showcases an individual shot from all the people who have submitted work. you can check it out here.

In other news, which I stole from Martin McGagh’s excellent blog

The second PhotoIreland Festival kicked off in Dublin last weekend. It’s taking the notion of ‘Collaborative Change’ as a central theme, and offers some 40 exhibitions in museums, galleries and independent spaces across the city throughout July. There’ll also be workshops, talks and documentary screenings.

Billed as an ‘International Festival of Photography & Image Culture’, the festival – if the programme is anything to go by anyway – seems to running a nice all-inclusive policy, gathering a broad range of work from camera-club members, graduating students and emerging and seasoned artists alike. Quite fitting then that the festival also plays host to Martin Parr, a celebrated documentary photographer whose fascinating body of work has drawn on influences as diverse as the lurid postcards of John Hinde and the wry humour of Garry Winogrand. A longtime champion of the photobook format as well as a hard-core collector, Parr will present an exhibition of his favourite books of the last decade, and give a talk on the subject too.

The Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar presents the group show ‘The Long View’, running from 1st July – 28th August. This exhibition unites images from slow-burning projects by David Farrell, Paul Seawright, Jackie Nickerson, Anthony Haughey, Richard Mosse & Donovan Wylie: a canon of Irish photographers who’ve been registering quite strongly at an international level over the past decade or more.

Martin McGagh will have some work – including the image ‘The House Next Door’, below – in the ‘Four Floors’ group show at the Mad Art Gallery (under the DART bridge at the bottom of Gardiner Street), from 19th to 31st July. See the full PhotoIreland programme here.

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