Beyond the surface

New from the Autumn 2017 edition

Stephanie McBride examines the aesthetic of photographer David Farrell whose method of revisiting his subjects and themes allows for a sustained critical engagement

Despite or even because of its democratic reach, photography often has a slippery status as the poor relation of the visual arts. But significant initiatives that recognise and support photography in Ireland include special commissions for photography and the Curtin O’Donoghue prize – of which David Farrell was twice winner in 2012 and in 2016. His While a Building Sleeps was also featured in the 2006 Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland’s special photography commission, The Bank, alongside work by Michael Boran and Michael Durand.

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