"....for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite." Charles Baudelaire
I am a flaneur. I am a street photographer. I was a photo-journalist. Eight books of my photographs have been published.
I am of the opinion that you are only as good as your next picture; the past is always present in a picture as some witty commentator once said.
I was born in Wexford and my old house on High Street has a photographic history and an unbroken line may be traced from the birth of photography in Wexford to the present day. That is over 150 years of history! Lucky me!
My great grandfather dabbled in the dark art and the first resident professional photographer in the town had lodging and a studio in the house on High Street. The remains of the Victorian era photography studio are evident in my old back garden.
This was my foundation; I was forever finding old glass photo chemical phials and other paraphernalia associated with making and fixing images to paper that were hitherto blank! The desire to make an image magically appear with paper and chemicals was and is fascinating for me.
It wasn't until a few years later that I saw Eugene Smith's 'Bathing Tomoko'. This image was the first picture to move me to tears. "Aha", I said to myself,"this is what I want to make happen!"
I started my career as a serious news freelance photo-journalist in 1987. I spent the next fifteen years up to my (conscientious) neck witnessing all forms of human barbarity.
Rwanda 1994. There are no words.
I worked for all the major Irish and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and The Sunday Times (UK) and Irish Times and Sunday Tribune (Ireland).
I plant and plough two distinct image growing furrows. The hardest things in my photographic world are making expressive, simple images and creating my own clichés......
I travel and search for the universal themes; it is my desire to hunt for images in every part of this wonderful world.
The second furrow is to apply my world view and experience to making images of my home place. The return home marks a new creative beginning as the commonplace is freshly revealed.
I am convinced that all human conditions, interactions and daily dramas play out right in front of us. The whole world is right in front of us always and wherever we may be.
We just need to be receptive.
Pádraig Grant's Wexford Parts 1, 2 & 3 (2016-2018)
Hardback limited edition collections featuring photographs of Wexford from 1982 to 2007
'Wexford Then & Now'
2017 (Words by Jarlath Glynn)
The History Press
'African Shadows' with a foreword by Billy Roche
1994, House of Munn - ISBN 1 899676 00 7
'A Remarkable Festival' with a foreword by Colm Toibín
2001, Wexford Festival Opera
'With This, or Upon This'
Words by Tom Mooney, Pictures by Pádraig Grant
2007, Milestone L. Press
'The Beach, Day' 2010
Hand made A3 landscape format, hard back. Hand bound by the photographer as a limited edition portfolio of 100 copies.
Solo Exhibitions (Sample)
Gallery of Photography Dublin 1990
'Time Runs Out' Images from Sudan
Gallery of Photography Dublin 1992
Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin, 1994
Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim 2001
Wexford Arts Centre, 2001
'Mexico, The Disappeared'
Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin
and Wexford Arts Centre 2002
'Fifty from the Fiftieth' Images from Wexford Festival Opera
Wexford Arts Centre, 2003
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahealy Co. Wicklow 2004
'Moving' Images from South East Asia
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford 2007
'With This, or Upon This'
Images from Wexford 1987-2007
Art Iceland, Reykjavik 2009
'Augnablik in Afriku' Images from Africa
The Pádraig Grant Gallery - 2010 to Present
Dr. Garret FitzGerald launched 'Somalia' 1992 at
The Gallery of Photography Dublin