08 - 27 March 2023 (LexIcon, Level 3)
This exhibition of photography celebrates the work of Sligoman and South Dublin resident Gerry O’Shea, who along with his wife Kitty, ran Rosemount Art Studio at their family home in Rathfarnham, between 1964 to 1972. Prior to taking up residence in Dublin, Gerry worked as a press photographer for the Sligo Champion and the Munster Tribune. Most of the work of the Studio entailed photographing families from the then new suburb of Ballyroan. Christenings, communions, confirmations, weddings and occasionally individual requests for portraits, were grist to the mill of the camera’s lens. Occasionally Gerry was requested to shoot fashion shows by the late Charlie Nicholl who ran a fashion boutique called Tanya Boutique in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre during the 1960s and 70s. The latest trends from London were displayed, often with style and humour. This exhibition is essentially a snapshot of suburban life that includes style, fun and celebration - a story that runs counter to what is often depicted as a drab, conservative period in Ireland.