Photography Masterclass: Parting Shots

Workshop with photographer David Monahan

Past Event: 27 October 2012

''Leaving Dublin #57': a woman sitting on a suitcase at night time
'Leaving Dublin #57: Jade O’Callaghan, 10:30 pm, 21-10-2011, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter'
Photographer: David Monahan

Join Irish photographer David Monahan to discuss his approach to the Leaving Dublin project.

David Monahan will take you on his journey of capturing migration stories and documenting diaspora in his ongoing Leaving Dublin project, on show at the Immigration Museum.

Embodying the despairs, dreams, sadness and excitement of starting life in a new land, Monahan’s poignant nocturnal photographs depict Irish emigrants on the eve of their departure in Dublin locations. The images make connections between Australia’s Irish heritage and the situation today – when people are again leaving Ireland for a better life somewhere.

Find out how participants were gathered, how technical, logistical and stylistic decisions were made, how locations, lighting and props were chosen, along with the impact of social media and crowd funding on the project.

Monahan will deliver an illustrated talk followed by an in-depth Q&A session, recommended for those interested in photography or community art projects, tertiary students, professional photographers and artists.

Dubliner David Monahan has worked in Dublin since 1997 as a photographer for cultural institutions including the National Library of Ireland, National Museum of Ireland and National Photographic Archive. He has also tutored at the Gallery of Photography and the National College of Art and Design as well as creating personal projects such as Leaving Dublin.

Leaving Dublin: Photographs by David Monahan is proudly supported by Culture Ireland.