The Language of Dreams

Crawford Gallery
Just opened in the Crawford Art Gallery Cork is an exhibition titled The Language of Dreams. The exhibition examines the influences on Irish art of new ideas regarding creativity, the nature of reality and the hidden depths of the human mind. Containing strands of artistic expression ranging from late nineteenth century Symbolism to Surrealism and late twentieth century Photo-Realism the exhibition includes photographs by one of the foremost promoters of Surrealism in Britain and Ireland, Roland Pentrose.
JC-030021The exhibition continues until 6th February 2016

Eliot Erwitt- Contact Sheets

Eliot Erwitt give some insights into his photography approach in his usual comic style.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards for 2015 have been announced and once again the standard of photography is phenomenal. The overall winner is Barrie Williams for his image of gannets on a cliff, ‘On The Edge’ above. There were sixteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories and a school award - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography. Lets hope the exhibition travels to Ireland this year. Have a look at the winners here

Book Highlight - Forms of Japan

Michael Kenna’s Forms of Japan, will be a comprehensive retrospective of his photographs of Japan. To be published by Prestel in September 2015, the book will include previously unpublished images plus many of the photographs previously published in his Nazraeli Press titles.


Having got a number of Kenna’s book in the past decade or so I can honestly say that he is always well served when it comes to quality reproductions and book design, in no small part from his own input into the process. Nazraeli Press offer the hightest quality reproductions but have been out of print I believe for a while. So if you have not got Hokkaido or Japan then this Prestel publication is one not to be missed.
Sample from book

Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon talking about her creative process.

The Salt of the Earth

The Salt of the Earth is a 2014 French-Brazilian biographical documentary film directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.The film portrays the works of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. Showing at the IFI Dublin 20th-30th July 2015

Finding Vivian Maier

Showing May 20th 2015
It may would be fair to say that the recent resurgence in the interest and practice of street photography is in no small part due to the discovery in 2007 of a large quantity of unprocessed film left behind by the recently deceased Vivian Maier, a lady who worked as a nanny for most of her adult life. If you are not familiar with the story and have any interest in photography, then this film is a ‘must see’.
More info at the Source
Vivian Maier website

Jean Rondeau-Scarlatti

Great to hear the music of Dominico Scarlatti being championed by this young French harpischordist. Inspiring.

Book Highlight- Alvin Langdon Coburn

blogEntryTopperLong overdue book on Alvin Langdon Coburn is due for publication by Fundación Mapfre in April/May 2015.

“My aim in photography is always to convey a mood and not to impart local information. This is not an easy matter, for the camera if left to its own devices will simply impart local information to the exclusiveness of everything else.” - Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Glass Etudes

Composer Philip Glass along with pianists Maki Namekawa and Timo Andres come to these shores later this year to perform his complete Etudes. The venue is the NCH Dublin. Here is part of Etude No. 20