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Local, Pete Smyth

Local, Pete SmythLocal
Pete Smyth
Gallery of Photography

Text by Ken Grant.


157 pages
214 x 264 mm
ISBN 9781907918070


*This photobook is on loan for the PhotoIreland Festival 2022 from Christine Redmond.*

Local invites us into a forgotten corner of contemporary Ireland – Tallaght, on the periphery of Dublin– where Pete Smyth has lived and worked for over thirty years. Smyth’s uniquely intimate account captures the richness and humour of a community at the frontline of Ireland’s rapid modernisation. His approach is deeply affectionate, but without sentimentality, inviting us into private spaces, moments of quiet drama – and some wild nights in his local, the Killinarden House pub. A bittersweet celebration of a community, and a soulful exploration of our universal need to belong. Local adds a vital and previously neglected point of view to the canon of Irish photography.

About the Artist
Pete Smyth is one of Ireland’s leading socially engaged photographers. He has lived and worked in the Dublin area for over 30 years. In that time a he has developed a uniquely intimate account of the place and its people. Aware of the complexities of his dual role of observer and participant, Smyth’s close, personal engagement with his subjects is visible throughout.

About the Publisher
Established in 1978 by John Osman, Gallery of Photography is one of Ireland’s most active photography spaces for exhibitions, publications and artist’s facilities.

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