Belfast Exposed

Lucas Foglia – ‘A Natural Order’

  • Lets people he photographs use photos as well
  • Photos have two lives, two purposes
  • Could be used for different purpose than it was intended
  • Good or bad?
  • Does is lose something from it?
  • Benjamin Walters theory – reproduction, Aura ect.
  • A Natural Order – can be linked with Levi Strauss
  • How the subject is shown differently depending on how involved you are

Talk from John Duncan – Source Magazine

  • Colour first introduced to the magazine in 1995
  • Every issue featured 3 portfolios of individuals
  • If want to send work into a magazine – source interested in graduate work – keeps is fresh
  • 2000 – format of magazine changed
  • when making a book/ magazine, size a format is key
  • for a number of years organised exhibitions to make money/ attract funding
  • Commissioned essays to accompany portfolios – sometimes a few words from the original photographer but mostly commissioned essays from a separate person.
  • Mixture of top end photographers and younger, newly graduated photography students
  • Look at different things – ‘advertising’ = regular column on different adverts from other magazines – By Judith Williams
  • Law Column – copyright of images, social media, protecting rights, original content.
  • Keep work simple, don’t overquote, don’t ramble on – key points when it comes to describing work
  • Need to be aware of what people want to see + hear when looking for work and/ or to be published
  • make sure you have your own website for work by the time you leave university
  • look at Willie Doherty – twice turner price winner
  1. online resource – useful
  • Facebook – source photographic review


Extra Places to Visit:

  • Irish museum of modern arts – Earlsfort  Terraced
  • Project centre +arts – 39 Essex st
  • National Gallery of Ireland – Merian SQ (enter Clare ST)

Gallery of Photography 

  • Founded in 1978
  • Building designed by same people who designed new photography building in London
  • Building to small for what they holdRichard Gilligan – DIY
  • Homemade Skateboard Parks
  • Documenting them around the world since 2008
  • Interested in the people that occupy these spaces
  • sculptural qualities of the environment they have created.Martin Cregg – The Photo Course
  • responds to the environment of the CDVEC photographic course at ST kelvins collage Dublin
  • Look at the energetic imprint from teaching and learning, against the fead wood of the institutional building
  • building not designed to teach photography
  • responds to the relationship between photographic discourse, practice and environment
  • Subtle and Ephemeral micro-events – day, week, yearAlberto Maserin – Et Nunc (And Now)
  • Work in progress
  • childhood experience
  • perceived priests as having two identities
  • Before and during mass
  • ‘Sacred vestments of the catholic religion have the ability to transform the priest into an embodiment of divine power.  my work uses documentary photographic portraiture to examine this transformation.’Ciaran Og Arnold – No day or night
  • Subjective documentation
  • life in a Midlands town
  • Try’s to convey emotional response of those who exist on the fringes
  • not necessarily social or political
  • existential in natureAnn Marie Curan – unSaid – La Petite Mort
  •  Work in progress
  • interprets spaces that some consider to be empty in that they are not fulfilling their potential.
  • for her they are embodying a sensual world of be-coming
  • ‘they are little deaths, detached, melancholic, languishing’

National Photographic Archive 

Find something historical you never knew before by looking and reading about the photographs

  • Amelia Earhart landed in Derry – North of Ireland
  • Merrion Square – Laid in 1762 – been home to Daniel O’ Connell, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats and Sybil Connolly

Talk – Kate Nolan + Paul Gofney 

  • Kate Nolan
  • Neither – three year project
  • Prussia – In between Poland and Lithuania
  • Stayed with young woman who told her about the place
  • didn’t want work to e misrepresented
  • placement in book of images is incredibly important
  • but also important to consider how the viewer will book and interpret photos

National Gallery of Ireland

First Impressions

  • Friendly Staff
  • Nice Flow, they include name of painting, name of artist, date painted, short review of the work and when it was purchased by the gallery

Irish Painting Room

  • Small exhibition of work by Jack B. Yeats
  1. Yeats (London 1871 – 1957)
  2. Work became more chaotic/ abstract as he aged
  3. political paintings showing his hatred of war
  • Imagining the Divine  – The Holy Family in Art
  1. Collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings
  2. learnt what pouncing is (similar to tracing)
  • Frederick William Burton – ‘ The Meeting on the Turret Stairs’
  1. Kept Safe From Light in Special Cabinet
  2. The cabinet is opened for a hour, three times a week for viewing.
  • Mixture of different works – from renaissance age, religious, political, abstract 70’s work (e.g. William Scott) to modern day portraits (Colin Davidson ‘Michael Longley’ 2011 – 2012)

Sculpture Room

  • Small but a lot of interesting busts (head sculptures)
  • More Sculptures at back in Beit Wing

Beit Wing

  • Includes Historical collections like silverware 
  • drawing rooms for both children and older
  • Exhibition of Jack B. Yeats’ Sketchbooks
  1. Small, intimate books
  2. Beautiful Colours
  3. Range of subjects
  4. Kept in protective glass cases but you could easily view them quite close up to properly analyse the interesting details
  5. Books a range of different shapes and sizes

European Paintings

  • Fantastic wall showing conservation work, explaining the process’ and showing the before and after. 
  • They had a Van Gogh Painting – Rooftops in Paris (1886)
  • Picasso
  • Paul Signae

Photo Book Talk

To many people so we had to leave so more people could fit in!

Chester Beatty Library 

  • Japanese Artefacts – Absolutely stunning!
  • Arts of the Books – East Asia, Islam, Europe
  • Includes ancient texts and beautiful artefacts from the different cultures
  • China – Snuff Bottles – Tobacco, herbs + spices – especially popular 1662 – 1722 – Considered art form, amazing shapes and details made from a range of materials
  • Jade Book – Traced poem on thin paper then engraved into surface of jade – ‘The song of the Jade Bowel’ Written by the Imperial Brush (Yu Biyu Weng Ye) – Qianlong Emperor
  • Buddhist Sutra from Dunhuang – Even though it is just simply writing it has an incredibly beautiful and calming quality – International Dunhuang Project –
  • First ‘Rule’ of Chinese painting: grasp the living spirit of a subject rather than to deceive the eye with the reproduction of it’s presence.
  • Islam – Lasequer Binding – Paint design on pasteboard base, cover with layers of varnish
  • Pressure-Moulded Binding – layers of paper pasted together – sturdy pasteboard – A depression is moulded out of the pasteboard (exact shape of stamp) – Leather pasted onto cover and stamp is forced into depression, transferring he pattern to the leather.
  • Astronomy – Vital to Islamic world – used to calculate times of prayer, direction of Mecca and months of lunar calander
  •  Europe – beautiful bindings – imprinted patterns, leather – tiny books to absolutely massive atlas’
  • Religious Texts Room
  • Buddism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity
  • Jainism – one of the three major religions of early India
  • Lotus Sutra – ruled gold lines – thought to contain final sermon given by buddha – first century AD
  • The excellent Pharma of the Lotus Sutra (6th Volume) – Gold and silve on paper – dark blue
  • The Qur’an
  • The Gospel of Saint John – Tiny fragment of text – contains chapter 19, verses 25-28 (Crucifixion Account) – One of the oldest Gospel texts in the world – Dates to second half of second century AD
  • So many different gospel accounts – some as old as 180 AD!

The Beatty Library Paintings Exhibition

  • Barbizan painters left paris to portray the countryside of rural france at time of political, social and technological upheaval (around 1848 I believe, not made entirely clear) 
  • Rosa Bonheur ‘A Stag’ 1893
  • Beatty visited Egypt a lot – collected painting and manuscripts – fondness for orientalist painting
  • Thomas Couture (1815 – 79)  ‘Pifferaro’ 1877 – ‘Old Musician’ – Colours remind of Van Goghs warm work but it seems to be only this painting that resembles those colours. – One of the last paintings before his death.