The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 161

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Pia Holmes
Arts Office


(01) 236 2759


4 July - 4 September


Mon-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm


dlr Lexicon



Event Description

4 July - 4 September

Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon Library, Dún Laoghaire

The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition is the world’s longest running photographic exhibition having been held almost every year since 1854 – the year after The Society was founded. 7327 entries were submitted to the open-call from over 60 countries and 54 photographers were selected to exhibit. The exhibition presents 100 images and is the chance to see some incredible contemporary photography, covering a huge variety of subject matter and themes.

Held every year since 1854, this is the longest standing exhibition of its kind in the world.  The RPS IPE 161 is a celebration of photography today, showcasing the best of contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers.  It offers an insight into current trends and subjects at a time when photography and the moving image have never been more relevant to the human experience; and also provides a platform for new generations of photographers.  The exhibition features 100 images by 54 international photographers selected from an open-call which attracted over 7000 entries from professional and amateur photographers from over 60 countries including UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Russia and Indonesia. This inspiring exhibition comprises a wide range of photographic genres from portraiture and landscape to documentary photography addressing contemporary issues as well as personal stories. 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a dynamic Learning Programme organised by Claire Halpin and will include talks, guided tours and a range of photography related workshops. 

The exhibition and tour is organised by the Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, and following the exhibition at Municipal Gallery, dlr Lexicon, it will tour to Hull International Photo Festival 4-27 October 2019.

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