The Irish photography community is undeniably blooming at the moment. There are more artists throughout the country than ever making a name for themselves, and in many cases The Library Project is at the helm.
“One of the prime examples of a photographer who rose to recognition rapidly is Eamonn Doyle. Last March we had an exhibition of his work here in our gallery. The same body of work ‘i’ was also placed on O’Connell Street.
“He sold 100 high quality books at the launch for €25 each. Then, a few weeks after the exhibition, Martin Parr, the Godfather of the photobook, said ‘i’ was the best book of street photography he had seen in over a decade. This meant everyone started to buy the book, so it quickly sold out. Now you could easily pay €300 to €600 or more for it.”
Other examples of talented Irish photographers include Paul Gaffney. According to Ángel the year in which Gaffney’s work ‘We Make the Path by Walking’ was released it was hard to miss the publication.
“He’s very methodical and he cares a lot about his work. The book has very particular paper, with a very particular presentation with the sequencing of the images. He ended up producing a very nice end product and the book is now sold out.