Gerry Andrews at Limerick Camera Club

There was a really interesting presentation by Gerry Andrewsat the weekly Limerick Camera Club meeting tonight (November 9). Gerry is a formerclub member and an excellent photographer. He was an avid shutterbug asa young man and then took a 30 break from the hobby, before picking up a cameraagain in the past few years. His interest lies mainly in taking pictures ofpeople going about their daily lives. He is heavily influenced the work of American photojournalist, W Eugene Smith.
He showed some great black and white images taken inLimerick Milk Market in the 70s. They document a special aspect of local life andthe characters that frequented the market or lived around it. The portraits areextraordinary (you can see them on his website www.gerryandrews.com along with lots ofother photos of Irelandand the world). The Hunt Museumis seemingly going to put on an exhibition of the market photographs next yearand judging by the hard-copy prints he brought, it’s going to be good. I think it’llbe popular; Gerry himself said he was amazed by the interest in the picturesarising from an article in The Limerick Leader last summer.
There were also some cool shots of a big fire at my old primary school, the Model School on O’Connell Avenue,in the 70s. He also showed photos taken on his travels in Europe,Asia, Africa and America—mostof which wouldn’t have seemed out of place in National Geographic. He was very modest though.
Gerry’s website is well worth a look and I’ll flag that exhibition when it’s on. If you’re interested in what thecamera club does and photos by members (who are a lot better than me), see www.limerickcameraclub.ie

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