The Gallery of Photography

  • Location: Temple Bar
  • Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey
  • Completed: 1996

The Gallery of Photography is a wafer thin building grafted onto a blank brick wall of the Irish Film Centre. Its reflective façade is of Portland stone, a material used in many historic buildings in Dublin.  The façade itself forms an abstract image of a camera with the large central window symbolising the camera lens and operating as a screen for films and photographs projected from the National Photography Archive opposite.

The different materials used in the windows create a lively mix of visual effects between transparency and opaqueness, which have associations with the nature of photography. The basement houses the darkrooms, the ground floor contains a reception and office space while the upper floors of the gallery can be sectioned off with sliding screens, which double the exhibition space for larger exhibitions.

Posted by Reflecting City Team on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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