Photographic exhibition by award-winning Irish film director Anthony Byrne.
Opening: Thursday 26th March 2009,
6pm - 8pm.
Daily viewing Friday 27th-Tuesdy 31st march 12pm-6pm.
by Aoife Tunney.
Press inquiries: Aoife Tunney
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IRISH TIMES, BY GEMMA TIPTON on Sat 21 March
INDEPENDENT, BY S.GORMAN on Sat 28th.
"No Direction" is the debut exhibition of photography by award-winning Irish film director Anthony Byrne.
Byrne is one of Ireland's most talented young filmmakers. His work in both film and television has been critically acclaimed; from the award-winning short film "Meeting Che Guevara & the Man from Maybury Hill" to his debut feature film "Short Order" to RTE's successful drama series "Single-Handed". Byrne has just finished shooting the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Edna O'Brien's novel "Wild Decembers".
"No Direction" is a collection of photographs that Byrne has been working on over the past two years when he wasn't directing or developing other projects. He explains:
"I started as a filmmaker through photography: creating stories from still images and letting my imagination do the rest. Photography is where I work as an artist in a singular discipline. It's where I have complete autonomy. I don't have to rely on scripts, producers, actors or crews. I don't have to wait on anyone. It's just me and my camera. It's the purest form of visual narrative".
Anthony Byrne's work in photography captures his unique outlook as a film director. There is something melancholy even haunting, about the images. Many of the images are of places where people seem lost or waiting on something yet to happen: "They are literally stuck in a moment".
Byrne began to concentrate on the theme, "No Direction" and develop the ideas, aptly enough, on his travels. The resulting collection of images were taken in locations as varied as Morocco, Paris, London, Dublin, Dubai, New York, Madrid, Los Angeles and Cuba.
But it's the director's hometown of Dublin that has been chosen for the debut exhibition. The collection then moves to London in April, where it will be exhibited at the famous Soho Café and bijoux gallery "La Maison Bertaux", run by curator Tania Wade. Wade has recently hosted exhibitions for Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Nobby Clark and Keith Martin. Icelandic musicians Sigur Ros and rapper MIA will also exhibit at "La Maison Bertaux" later this year.