Irish Photography Collections
In January Gallery of Photography Ireland (GoP) announced a new National Collection of Photography. This collection is one way that GoP is defining its ambitions to transition to a ‘museum of contemporary photography’. GoP is now one of several institutions in Ireland with growing photography collections. GoP’s approach to accessioning work is novel: rather than acquiring editioned pieces or vintage prints made by, or under the supervision of, the artist/photographer, GoP’s collection will be based on high resolution readyfor-print digital files together with a work print made by the gallery. The collection has been launched with GoP’s National Photography Collection Inaugural Exhibition, on show until the end of March, which aims to ‘provide a context for an open discussion on the development of the Collection over the coming years’. The collection aims to serve as ‘an archive repository offering an overview of photographic practice in Ireland’. Practitioners featured in the exhibition (and henceforth the collection) mostly have established relationships with GoP and, according to Directors Trish
Installation view of the National Photography Collection Inaugural Exhibition at the Gallery of Photography.