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Gareth McConnell’s work is dominated by successive series of simple but highly eloquent portraits of outsider figures, survivors who have lived life to an extreme. Born in Carrickfergus, McConnell’s own experience has been shaped by the violent tensions of Northern Ireland’s recent history and there is a strong autobiographical element in the dialogue and empathy he develops with his sitters. From his powerful portraits of loyalists in the Albert Bar in Carrickfergus to the photographs of an exotic community of young ex-pats in Ibiza, McConnell’s work blends matter-of-factness with disarming intensity. Using only natural light, his photographs celebrate the fragile momentary encounter, while transforming it into something memorable and enduring.
Edited by Celia Davies, with an essay by Simon Pooley and an interview with the artist by Charlotte Cotton.
Co-published with Steidl
Designed by SMITH
Published in 2004
290 x 220mm
60-80 colour & B&W plates
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