Thursday, 11th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by  photojournalist Cristina De Middel, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013 as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition.

After gaining independence in 1964, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose mission was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history.

In the exhibition The Afronauts Cristina De Middel creates a subjective interpretation of the story that engages with myths and truths. The now sold-out book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream.  The Afronauts, the acclaimed photobook will be displayed as part of the exhibition.

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel, runs in the Archive upstairs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Wednesday, 10th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch Concresco, a photographic exhibition based on the photobook by David Galjaard, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013. PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition. As winner of PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12, David Galjaard’s Concresco will be shown at The Copper House Gallery as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013.

Fearing an attack from abroad, Albanian Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha had around 750,000 above ground bunkers built during his time in power from 1945 until his death in 1985. Since the collapse of communism in 1991, the immutable bunkers have served as an obtrusive reminder of a dictatorship that lasted for nearly half a century.

Concresco by David Galjaard won the PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio 12 and The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award 2012. The book was also listed in PDN Indie Photo Books of the Year and was selected as one of the Best Books of 2012 in Photo-eye by Martin Parr. Now sold out, Concresco editions are available to view at The Library Project and at The Copper House Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. 

Concresco, a photographic exhibition by David Galjaard, runs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Friday, 28th June, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Nothing Lasts Forever by Dorje de Burgh

Nothing Lasts Forever by Dorje de Burgh Image

Our featured artist this week is the immensely talented Dorje de Burgh. One of our brilliant 2011 Fire Propeller finalists, Dorje's esthetic considers the nebulous and cerebral, fine-tuned to a pure emotional core. 

Dorje de Burgh's work Nothing Lasts Forever is featured in the PhotoIreland Festival publication New Irish Works and is also exhibited as part of  PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at the National Photographic Archive (NPA), Meeting House Square, Dublin 2, exhibition runs until 3rd Aug 2013. 

Featured image Sk (Shower) by Dorje de Burgh.

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Saturday, 7th July, 2012 / Posted by: Leszek

Evelyn Hofer and the mystery of Dye Transfer Prints

Evelyn Hofer and the mystery of Dye Transfer Prints Image

Little Italy, Mulberry Street, New York 1965 - Galerie m Bochum

In common with many photographers and artists enjoying the PhotoIreland 2012 Festival, we're entranced by the Evelyn Hofer prints currently on show at the Gallery of Photography, especially the 'American' dye transfer prints upstairs. The curious thing is, although production of the materials by Kodak only ceased twenty years ago, in 1991, few photographers know of this process today.

Just a quick explanation so, and some links to resources. We're familiar with dye transfer having dabbled with the process whilst still at college and if anybody is determined enough to want to try if for themselves then we'd be delighted to join them on that journey.

Before digital, a plate camera was used to make a set of three black and white separation negatives using Red, Green & Blue filters. Most practitioners working today use an enlarger to project a 4x5 color transparency onto 3 sheets of B/W film with Red, Green & Blue coloured light. I think that there might be considerable advantage in changing this step to use Photoshop's three channels and then to produce a set of digital negatives using the Piezography digital negative system which we are developing for use, here in our laboratory. 

The three negatives are exposed onto sheets of Matrix Film making positives of the Red, Green and Blue separations.These positives correspond inversely to their primary colors of Cyan, Magenta & Yellow. The positives are the same size as the final print and are made of gelatin coating onto dimensionally stable polyester sheet. The areas that receive more exposure harden more than the highlights so, after exposure, the sheets are washed in hot water which rinses away the unhardened gelatin.

The matrix positives are then placed in their respective dye baths of Cyan, Magenta & Yellow with each matrix absorbing the primary coloured dyes into the gelatin coating. The final dye transfer print is made by placing each matrix in turn onto a sheet of receiving (transfer) paper, using registration pins, and rolling each matrix onto the paper thus allowing the dyes to transfer into the sheet. 
There is some excellent information on the technique on the web with good videos here and here, the last being a little fuzzy and quite technical. There is a detailed manual on making the materials here and, again, we'd be very interested in joining any collaborative effort to bring this beautiful technique to Dublin.
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Friday, 29th June, 2012 / Posted by: Ciara

PhotoIreland Festival Workshops @ Fire

PhotoIreland Festival Workshops @ Fire Image

PhotoIreland Festival 2012 kicks off this Sunday and here at Fire we're getting straight into the swing of things, hanging the Isabelle Pateer exhibition, Unsettled, today  and launching our workshop series on Monday 9th July. This years workshops are even more fabulous and enticing than last years (though I do say so myself), with topics ranging from advanced fine art printing techniques through to planning and designing the perfect photographic exhibition. You can find details on all workshops here. Places are limited and we've had loads of interest already, so might be a good idea to book early. Just sayin'.

See you all there.

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