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Brigid Portrait Photography Project

To commemorate the 1500th anniversary of St Brigid’s death photographer Deirdre Brennan is creating a series of photographic portraits of contemporary women named Brigid, Bridget, Bríd or any spelling of the name. This will be combined with text about the women’s lives and what the name Brigid means to them. This project is really an examination of the status of women in modern-day Ireland through the eyes of Brigid.

Deirdre also asks that each woman brings an object to hold in the photograph that symbolises their lives or their relationship to St. Brigid.

If you are interested in taking part in this project you can call Deirdre on 087 9951252. Photo sessions will take place in Riverbank Arts Centre on Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October. All ages welcome!

Deirdre Brennan Bio

Deirdre Brennan holds an Honours Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design. Her photographs have been published internationally in titles such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Marie Claire, Sports Illustrated, Portrait of Humanity, The Hollywood Reporter, American Photography, Mother Jones, The Smithsonian and The London Sunday Times.

Her photographic practice has always hinged on her lifelong interest in social justice, politics and history. It has always been important to her to create historically and socially important work.

Deirdre was named “10 Women Who Wrote History With Their Cameras” as part of Visa pour L’image, The International Photojournalism Festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Nominations include The World Press Photo Master Class, The New York Photo Awards and PDN “30 Under 30″.

One of her photographs from Portrait of Humanity was featured in the World’s First Exhibition in Other Space by The British Journal of Photography in 2020.

Her long term photographic project entitled “Following Ulysses” utilising the map and structure of James Joyce’s novel to consider politics, race and class in modern Dublin was published in 2022 by Hi Tone Books. Following Ulysses” was also exhibited at the Centre Culturel Irlandais to coincide with the 100 anniversary of the publication of Ulysses in Paris in February 2022. “Following Ulysses” was awarded bronze at The Tokyo International Foto Awards. January 2023. Awarded silver at The Prix de la Photographie de Paris October 2022.