Ulster University

Paul Seawright, Ken Grant & Donovan Wylie

  1. Tuesday 10 March
  2. 16:00
  3. Ulster University, Belfast Campus, York St.

A rare coming together of three distinguished photographers who will be ‘in conversation’ talking about their work and distinctive approaches to photography.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at Ulster University. His photographic work is held in many museum collections across the world.

In 2002 he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to work in Afghanistan and his photographs of battle-sites and minefields have subsequently been exhibited in North America, Canada, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Korea, Japan and China. In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize.

Ken Grant was born in Liverpool and since the 1980's has photographed his contemporaries in the city and been involved in sustained projects in the UK and Europe. He tends to work slowly, returning again and again to the same places and becoming a familiar sight to local people.

Writing in The Independent, Brian Viner said "The photographs…show Grant's wonderfully keen eye for the humdrum realities of everyday working-class—or more accurately, unemployed—existence in the 1980s and beyond…It is the instinct of the social documentarian, and Grant deserves to rank alongside the better-known Martin Parr as one of the best."

His work is held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Folkwang Museum, Essen and other international public and private collections.

Donovan Wylie was born in Belfast and left school at sixteen to embark on a three-month journey around Ireland that resulted in the production of his first book, 32 Counties.

In 1998 he became a member of Magnum Photos. Since 2000, he has completed photographic and film projects exploring the religious identity, history, and the concept of territory, especially in post-ceasefire Northern Ireland. Notable works include The Maze Prison in Northern Ireland, British Watchtowers, and the Green Zone in Baghdad. His photographic work has been included in exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the V&A, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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