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Paul Gaffney

Constructing a River, Chrysoula Drakaki and Matilde Meireles

Pedigree, Paul GaffneyPerigee
Paul Gaffney

Co-Published with Centre national de l’audiovisuel.


Book 1
48 pages
230 x 305 mm
ISBN 9782919873296

Book 2
68 pages
152.5 x 203 mm
ISBN 9782919873296

Books 1 and 2 are magnet-bound together.



Walking through the Luxembourgish Ardennes, Gaffney documented his wanderings using polaroids. Later, he re-explored certain routes after nightfall, to photograph under the light of the full moon.
Bathed in its soft otherworldly glow, the forest’s narrow steep valleys evoke a mysterious, psychological wilderness, in what is in reality, a highly managed man-made environment.

Drawn with light that is barely perceptible to the eye, Gaffney’s photographs emerge out of intuition, coincidence, and an underlying longing for connection and stillness. And although it’s tempting to call them landscapes, they are created through different ways of knowing a place – ways that acknowledge the moving, feeling body, rather than the distanced and distancing eye, as the foundation of our experience.” – Eugenie Shinkle

About the Artist
Paul Gaffney holds an MFA in Photography from Ulster University and his practice-led PhD research explores different ways of experiencing and representing the landscape, and how the act of image making can both enable and disrupt a sense of flow and connection with our environment.

His work has received a number of awards including the Arts Council’s `Next Generation Award’ and Visual Arts Bursaries, the FSAS Digital Media Award, and a Strategic Projects Award from Wicklow Arts Office.

Gaffney’s books have been nominated for the Photobook Award at the International Photobook Festival Kassel (2013 & 2016) and shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography, and he has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in the US, UK, the Netherlands, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and China.
(source: Paul Gaffney)

About the Co-Publisher
A platform open to the general public as well as a professional institution, the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) was created in 1989 and placed under the helm of the Ministry of Culture. The institute’s main mission is to preserve and promote Luxembourg’s audiovisual heritage and to make its large resources of moving image, photography and sound accessible to all through exhibitions, publications, screenings, conferences and other events open to a large audience.

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