Irish Photographers Blog

INDEPENDENT GIFT

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

lasy year Independent Newspapers donated it's photographic archive of more than 300,000 plates, negs and prints to the National Library. Of this valuable collection, 106 are now on display in the National Photographic Archive in Dublin's Temple Bar. This exhibition is a treat for all who love documentary photography and an appreciation of the camera in history. What happened to the Irish Press collection ?

XXXXs

Posted on Sunday, Oct 16th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Jerome Reilly in the Sunday Indo's Fifth Column takes a swipe at the Press Photographers Assocation of Ireland coming over "all lofty and high-minded" on their website (www.ppai.ie). Claiming to promote peace, understanding, truth and fairness through photography it prompted Jerome to respond. "Come off it lads! Any snapper Fifth Column has ever delt with always follows Hilaire Belloc's sage advice: "Be at the pains of putting down every single ...

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EYEWITNESS

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

A remarkable image is published in to day's Guardian newspaper. Photographer Dan Chung made the picture when he walked into a makeshift hospital in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan. Published across two pages in black and white, it shows a young girl lying on her side while a doctor operates on her head wound. Her eyes and lips are open, her hands and fingers are limp betraying no sign of pain or ...

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DISK TO DUST

Posted on Sunday, Oct 9th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Nigel Powell of The Sunday Times received this query from a worried reader. "Photos that i put on CDs four years ago have started to degrade". Is there any way around this? Nigel replys. The degradation of optical media is not given enough publicity. Discs do deteriorate, especially the cheaper type that often have thin coatings. My solution is to keep important material backed up on multiple media. So, for ...

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RAY D’ARCY and US.

Posted on Friday, Oct 7th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Ray D'Arcy and his team at TODAY FM are now faced with the delicious problem of editing 20,000 images for the Childline charity book US. Listeners to Ray's show responded with great enthusiasm on the shoot day and swamped the station with 15,000 pics from their camera phones followed by 5,000 shot on digital and print. "People loved the challange we gave them and the assignment discipline of shooting on ...

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THE CAMERA NEVER LIES

Posted on Tuesday, Oct 4th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 1 Comment

Eileen Battersby reporting for Monday's Irish Times from the Ballinasloe annual horse fair describes. "The darker side of Ballinasloe is the men and boys who ride terrified, sweating horses bare back all day long on a narrow strip of hard ground. This spectacle was disgusting. Even more offensive was the sight of young horses, including a yearling, harnessed to sulkies, while grown men sat on the seat of these little ...

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ENDURANCE

Posted on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

You have three weeks left to see the unique photography of James Hurley which forms the backbone of an exhibition in Dublin's Collins Barracks. Titled the Endurance the exhibition documents Sir Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antartic expedition in 1914. Highly reccomended. Note: The museum is closed only on Mondays and admission is free.

ANGELA’S APPETITE

Posted on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Angela Phelan pens an great review in todays Irish Independent's Weekend mag. Reviewing "People in Vogue. A Century of Portraits" which is published on Oct. 6th. Angela reveals her amazing knowledge and insight into the world of fashion and the power of Vogue editors. She finishes her review with a comment on Kate Moss and that seemingly perfect nose. "So does the camera ever lie"?

LOOSERS

Posted on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Afraid to gamble, Paddy Power bookmakers took no risks when they commissioned two images for their billboard campaign. Lacking any imagination they copied Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper plus a birthing scene and inserted a gambling theme. Knowing it would cause offence they received publicity in all media. This is a practiced stunt employed by a clothing company who also uses the same colour green in their trademark. A missed ...

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MONDAYS ECLIPSE

Posted on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Next Monday gives an oppertunity to view a partial eclipse of the sun. The start time is 8.49 am and ends at 11.15am. At our latitude we will not enjoy a total eclipse and therefore will not see the stars. For this treat i suggest you head for Madrid.

RAY D’ARCY & CHILDLINE

Posted on Saturday, Oct 1st, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Ray D'Arcy of TODAY FM picked well when he selected today as the time to take shots for his Childline book project. The weather has not dissapointed and has given us the four seasons in one day which should yield a good crop of images in various light conditions. Ray is encouraging all with camera phones to join the more traditional methods and contribute. This will give him a new ...

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TEACHING IS A TEST

Posted on Sunday, Sep 25th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

Just returned from Lahinch where I was holding a workshop for a small group of amateur collogues. A very pleasent and rewarding time. Perfect locations and light constantly changing. But it reminded me of two remarks made by a friend. "Sometimes we forget how much we know" and "Teaching can expose how little we know".

TEST RESULTS

Posted on Sunday, Sep 25th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

What does LMPA stand for?. In terms of framing, what does 'encapsulation mean'?. Why does a tripod have three legs?. If these questions have a familar ring to them then you have just received your results from the City and Guilds Progression Award in Photography exam. If you competed and were successful, well done. If you set the questions, send me a signal and I will organise a rescue committee ...

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ART OF SEX

Posted on Sunday, Sep 25th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 1 Comment

I like to ease into Sundays. A coffee in my local Sand Bar and watch the day unfold. The cover of Sunday Independent Life mag shouted the headline " IN CAMERA. MIKE BUNN AND THE DARK ART OF SEX ". Im rushing to get a copy. But am a little pissed off that I was omitted from his guest list.

BACK TO WORK

Posted on Sunday, Sep 25th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor

After a season of laziness and renewal it's comforting to return to base to discover i was not missed. Attended the Abbey Theatre special meeting to record the moment for the archives and met a cluster of collegues assigned to capture the moment. Standing well back i observed Eithne Healy giving an end of meeting interview to the group. To my amazement a TV cameraman pushed so close to ...

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