Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dublin in the 1980’s, by Gerry Smith

(c) Gerry Smith. Screen capture from Blurb

I knew my friend, Gerry Smith, was into photography. I have seen some of his prints over the years, but not that many. We have lost touch in recent years, save for occasional contact. I knew that he was working on a Blurb book of some of his old work, and this evening he sent me a link to the book on Blurb and a youtube video of some select pieces. I have to say that I was blown away by the work, it really is excellent.

The work depicts Dublin in the 1980’s, and while I remember it murkily from my childhood, the photographs really represent a town from another time. Gerry says in his introduction

During the early 1980’s in Dublin, the inner city area was enveloped with half demolished buildings, unkempt sites and a general sense of disregard for the architectural heritage of the city. This was a manifestation of the overall depressed economic condition prevelant within Ireland at the time.

The wider richly layered social, commercial and architectural heritage represents the ‘soul’ of the inner city, which has developed over the centuries to establish the core of Dublin as unique in the qualities of scale, diversity and character of place.

The inner city on both sides of the River Liffey encompassed a rich diversity of uses and architectural quality, some of which have been regrettably lost to ‘development’ oppotunity, however the refurbishment of some areas has helped preserve and enhance much of the original quality of Dublin’s historic buildings and cultural content.

Some of the market activities that have survived to this day albeit in revised formats include the Moore Street market, the Smithfield Horsefair and the Dublin Corporation Wholesale markets on St. Michan’s Street also in the Smithfield area.

Many of the places captured in these images have become unrecognisable over the years due to redevelopment, however this collection provides a view of some of that which served us well for decades, but no longer remains.

While Gerry discusses the changing architecture of the city in his introduction, what really grabs me is the people in the photographs. The older men and women in particular, but also the children, are from another time and place – somewhere in the past, in history books, no longer present. And yet I need to remind myself that the children in the photos would have been a similar age to myself at the time – it’s not quite the ancient past!

I haven’t seen it in printed form yet, but this looks like a beautiful book that will appeal to a wide audience, not just to Dubs and the Irish.

– Rory

Link to the Blurb Book

Link to the youtube video

Link to Gerry’s website

How do you like your magazines?

Untitled by risa-i on Flickr

Following my last post about Foam Magazine, I started to think about all the other great online photography magazines I read. To be honest blogs and online magazines are my main source of photography inspiration. I love photography books and print magazines but they can get very expensive and you are often limited to what is sold in your local bookshop. Online magazines on the other hand are free & they allow you to discover the work of emerging photographers who might not otherwise be published, they’re extremely accessible and defy the usual geographical barriers.

I’m not one of these people who believe that online publishing will be the death of print. I believe there’s a place for both. They both provide different things. Online media can’t compete with the experience of holding a book in your hands or seeing a photo in print. You may have seen European Photography’s survey of 43 International Photography Magazines. I thought it was interesting that they included both traditional printed journals as well as online magazines and photography blogs.

Anyway all of this was a very long way of introducing the fact that I’m planning on sharing a few of my favourite online magazines over the next few weeks. Do you have a favourite magazine, online or printed? Do you prefer to read online magazines, blogs or printed journals for your photo inspiration? I’d be delighted if you could join me by sharing your favourites in the comments below.


Manzini Madness

(c) Rossella Manzini

Manic Manzini

(c) Rossella Manzini

More Manzini

(c) Rossella Manzini

More from Rossella

(c) Rossella Manzini

Our work

(c) Rossella Manzini

Our portfolio page hasn’t worked for a few months. I know why, but I haven’t fixed it … yet. It’s easy to forget something when you haven’t looked at it for a while, and of course one of the problems with film compared to digital is the need to scan everything to get it online – and scanning just isn’t a joy! Rossella sent me some new stuff lately however, so while we are waiting on the portfolio page to be fixed, I’ll just post them here instead …

– Rory

Foam Talent

foam magazine - talent issue

Foam Magazine’s annual Talent issue is out now. Actually its been out about a month at this stage but as you can see we’ve been snoozing a bit here in Cork! But now we’re back & this magazine is definitely worth a look.  15 young talented photographers were chosen to be part of the issue, after the judges sifted through over 1000 portfolios from 50 different countries.

Obviously seeing this number of portfolios from so many different countries gave them a very good picture of the state of photography for this generation. Curator Marcel Feil has written an interesting article on the specific developments and trends they noticed. But ultimately he says “In short, we prefer photography that challenges what already exists rather than corroborating it, but it was predictable that much of the work would do the latter.” This made me think about my own photography, does it challenge the world in any way? Of course I had to laugh when he mentioned that “for the third year in a row we were treated to a diverse array of photographs of ‘the bed’.“, as I have had a slight obsession with photographing my own. Maybe its time to move on to something else!

Foam Talent is available to buy online in the Foam Magazine shop but they are also kind enough to provide an online issue for those of us who are a little broke. It can’t compare with holding a shiny new magazine in your hands and seeing the photographs in print but its great for these recessionary times!

– Miriam