Item description for Gareth Mcconnell by Gareth McConnell...
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-pat's 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. This monograph includes a wide range of work from 1995 to the present, beginning with the series Anti-Social Behavior, which looks at people who have endured punishing beatings in Northern Ireland, and including Portraits from the Albert Bar, his celebrated series Wherever You Go, portraits from the Quay Foyer young peoples' center in Poole, Boxers, a series of portraits from a boxing club in Bournemouth, and the recent Portraits from Ibiz' series. In addition, this book will feature several non-portrait series, including the painterly Sectarian Murals, close-up details of murals in Belfast, and My Grandfather's House, an elegiac look at the contents of a house before they were sold.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 2, 2004
ISBN 3882439777 ISBN13 9783882439779
Reviews - What do customers think about Gareth Mcconnell?
Unfocused Jul 14, 2007
3 stars only because it was so cheap. Gareth Mcconnel has tons of talent but this book is an unfocused, poorly produced mess.
Gareth McConnell Apr 8, 2007
I became aware of Gareth McConnell's photography by way of a couple of features in the Sunday New York Times. One, back in the autumn (of 2006) featured portraits Of Italian woman vintners. The portraits -- in marvellous, even sumptuous color -- were elegant, but honest. It seemed to me that Mr. McConnell had managed to make the women interesting and attractive by, quite literally, giving them his best shot, without resorting to flattery. I was intrigued. I read the credits and saw Mr. McConnell had a couple of books, including the one under review here. I took a risk and bought the book. I have no regrets. The several suites of photographs go in remarkably different directions: night photographs of flowers in public spaces, wind-shaken and subtly mysterious; the self-propagated wounds and infections of IV drug users; close close-ups of the painted surfaces of sectarian murals in Northern Ireland. The photographs do all have in common an addiction to color. More importantly, they have in common an intelligent and unsentimental respect for the subject matter, a cool kindness if you will. Every photographer needs a good eye. This one has also got a heart and a brain.