Irish Photographers Blog


Posted on Friday, Jan 6th, 2006 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

This is the time of year when most publishing houses devote pages of space to review the images of the past twelve months. Hats off to the Guardian's photographer Eamonn McCabe who selected a series of pics from their readers "providing a more personal view of 2005". He comments, "in this digital age, we are now all photographers and there are no rules or right ways of doing things any ...

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Posted on Friday, Jan 6th, 2006 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Billy Higgins of the Irish Press Photographers Assoc tells me that the judging panel for this years AIB - PPAI competition will be John Leavy picture editor from Photo8 and photographer John Chillingworth both from the UK. The panel will be chaired by RTE's Bride Rosney who will guide the panel through the difficult process of selecting the catagory awards and overall winner. The awards ceremony takes place in Dublin ...

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Posted on Sunday, Dec 11th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 1 Comment

Glancing through the just published Sportsfile team's A Season of Sundays an image of four stewarts in long white coats reminded me of an international match in Dalymount Park many moons ago. As a token to crowd control a group of men dressed in white shop coats patrolled the sideline before the kickoff. As they passed the terraces at the tramway end we could hear the citizen remark, "Jasus, if ...

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Posted on Sunday, Dec 11th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 2 Comments

Sunday Times Arts Editor Richard Brooks reports that one of Britain's most famous photographers Terry O'Neill has taken a swipe at the state of his profession, blaming digital cameras for distroying much of the art of portrait photography. "I refuse to use it," he said, "It's going to ruin photography. The problem with it is that the picture taker keeps on looking at what he's just done rather than look ...

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Posted on Monday, Dec 5th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

A strange story has reached me from the land of the wedding photographer. The ruse is to get the wedding guests to close their eyes when the photographer is making the pictures. When the finished images are presented the couple complain and contest the costs. Ah, the minefield of dealing with the public.


Posted on Thursday, Nov 17th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Keep an eye on next Fridays Late Late show when Ray D'Arcy will give a preview of the "US" book project which captures our lives in Ireland today. My agents tell me it's a great success for all involved and the standard of the pictures is impressive. A must for the Christmas list.


Posted on Thursday, Nov 17th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 1 Comment

Congrats to the Collins Agency for capturing a great shot of Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea during a visit to the Curragh Camp where he was meeting the Rangers. The Minister was inspectiong a range of weapons when he playfully lifted an automatic pistol and pointed it towards photographer Colin Keegan. The image shows the Minister's impish grin in close-up as he gets the photographer in his sights with both ...

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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 16th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

The 2005 Bursary Show by the graduates of St John's Central College, Sawmill St., Cork is open until 20th Dec. My agents tell me it's a show not to be missed. Listed on the roll of honour is: Brenda McGuire, Maurizio Vallebella, Damian Drohan, Michael Ryan, Michael O'Farrell and Amanda Healy. Roll on the view of the new.


Posted on Thursday, Nov 10th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Colleague and kindred spirit Eamonn Farrell celebrated his birthday last weekend. I received his kind invitation to attend the party at a riverside pub. He knows i disapprove of birthdays and refuse to recognise them. Especially when my planets and stars collide with his. The last time I attended his candle blowing ceremony I was sent home with a cauldron of coddle on the passenger seat of my car. The ...

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Posted on Thursday, Nov 3rd, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

The Central Remedial Clinic are to benefit from the sales of a new picture book. Entitled: Out Of Your Tree, it combines the work of photographer Dominic Lee and digital manipulator Vladimir Polivanov. It features portraits the great and the good enjoying their hobbies or passions. Joe Duffy plays with a fire engine, Frank Fennell magically puts his head through a steering wheel and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern makes some hanging ...

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Posted on Thursday, Nov 3rd, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

During the Tall Ships recent visit to Waterford 20 members of the Dungarvan Camera Club went a gathering. They documented all aspects of the visit from the floating to the funky. Despite bad weather and hopeless light they have managed to present an exhibition of over 120 images. Club secretary Richard Cutbill tells me that the results are a credit to the photographic skill of the members. This club has ...

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Posted on Thursday, Nov 3rd, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Funny how we use the word "light" to give us an expectation of newness and learning. It suggests a moment when darkness is conquered and an automatic seeing or revelation is enjoyed. IADT Dun Laoghaire to day offered a conference to all titled : Into the Light: Photography in 19th Century Ireland. The programme foreword announced: Each paper offers a different perspective on the history of Irish photography in the 19th century ...

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Posted on Monday, Oct 31st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

The Guardian have launched their second competition inviting readers to submit photographs to illustrate the covers of four Penguin Classics. Hell's Angles - Crime and Punishment - Mrs Dalloway - The Woman in White. It's a great idea and should give you the oppertunity to let your creative force run free. To find out more go to


Posted on Saturday, Oct 22nd, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Two thirds of the picture is a swarm of small black abstract shapes in confusion. A falcon leads a wave of clear sky into the mass of birds in panic. This wonderful picture by Manuel Presti wins the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. The competition is organised by the National History Museum and BBC's Wildlife Magazine. The picture was selected from 17,000 entries and not a Photoshop in ...

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Posted on Thursday, Oct 20th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

There is a ritual I observe when I visit Cork city. I treat myself to a coffee in the English Market. I use it as a decompression chamber, so I can syncronise my pace to the rythem of the city and it's people. It takes about three quarters of an hour for the process to exercise the tension and return me to the world in human form. Now thanks to ...

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