Ireland’s International Festival of Photography & Image Culture takes place in various locations across Dublin throughout the month of July.

This is the fifth year of the PhotoIreland Festival aimed at making the medium of photography fun and accessible. The event allows a foray into the photography that is used for storytelling, personal or political expression: Images shape how we understand, perceive and form opinion, and the theme for the main exhibition of 2014 covers all these eventualities: Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies. The exhibitions present the work and stories of 27 photographers in various venues around Temple Bar and in South Studios in Dublin 8.

Other key events of the festival include ‘The Sochi Project‘ at The City Assembly. Photo journalists Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia. Over several years they documented change in the region before it became the focus of worldwide media attention as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The City Assembly, South William Street, Dublin 2, opening 4th July.

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake‘ by Dublin based photographer Yvette Monahan happens at The Copper House Gallery. The exhibit centres on a small region in southern France and the story of Bugarach, the ‘magic’ mountain connected to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on December 21, 2012. The photos are about possibility, change and reality. The Copper House Gallery, Gallery One, Dublin 8, opens 5th July.

Texas by Kathrin Baumback

Kathrin Baumbach’s ‘Texas‘ will also take place at The Copper House Gallery. Baumbach’s photographs explore Texas in all its glory and complexity, from everyday life on a ranch, to its pervasive gun culture through an in-depth view into the life of a local family. The exhibition opens 5th July.

Running alongside the various exhibitions is the Summer Campus with displays, talks, workshops and space for photographers to converse, reflect and create. Photobooks, magazines and fanzines will be available and The Library Project will have a collection of more than 1,000 contemporary publications available to browse and seek inspiration. From 3rd – 6th July.

Festival runs from Tuesday 1st to Thursday, 31st July 2014. Official Launch: 3rd July, 7pm, at The Banquet Hall, Smock Alley.

The PhotoIreland Street Market takes place 5 – 6 July.

You can follow the PhotoIreland Festival on Twitter  or Facebook.

PhotoIreland Festival, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland., +353 (0)87 685 6169

PhotoIreland Festival 2014

Photographs courtesy PhotoIreland; lead image The Pigs by Carlos Spottorno; Boy with rifle from Texas by Kathrin Baumbach


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