Ken Grant was showing his photographs to a community group in Dublin in the early 1990s.
A woman became convinced that she knew the people in the picture as close relatives. She was wrong. The picture was made in Liverpool, but it started a conversation about shared cultures, family connections and the cultural histories shared between Liverpool and Ireland. In this illustrated presentation, Ken discusses his experiences on both sides of the Irish Sea, exploring the rich and deep traits in photography and culture shared by Liverpool, Belfast and wider Ireland.
Ken Grant has photographed Liverpool since the 1980s, with his pictures of the city widely published and exhibited. Whilst better known for books The Close Season and No pain whatsoever, he has also worked and taught widely in Ireland and for more than a decade ran the Documentary Photography Course in Newport, Wales. He now works in Belfast, running the MFA Photography Course at the School of Art. In this illustrated presentation, he discusses his experiences of photography in Liverpool and Ireland, and explores the new wave of contemporary photography and the rich and deep connections emerging in Belfast and wider Ireland.
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