Des Gallagher, ITMA photographer‑in‑residence 2023

ITMA are delighted to announce that the photographer-in-residence for 2023 will be Des Gallagher

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Seán Keane ; Matt Molloy ; Colm Broderick ; Steve Cooney / photograph taken by Des Gallagher at the Drawing from the Well: Liam O'Flynn concert, National Concert Hall, March 2022

Des is a long-time friend of ITMA, and has provided many images to the collection over the years. Some examples of his work are already available on the ITMA website. Des travels extensively to live music events, recording and documenting with his camera. This is how he describes the process in his own words.

My main interest is in “The Music Makers”
As I listen through the lens I am captivated by the music and the performance of the artists.
The musical style matters little - be it Traditional Irish from West Clare or Conjunto from West Texas, it’s the magic of the moment that counts.
These artists can lift us up and transport us to somewhere special “beyond the surface”.
I hope my images capture the textures of the various genres and the magical enthusiasm of the artists.

We very much look forward to working with Des over the course of the year and adding his wonderful images to the collection.