AKA - Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival

Delighted to be showing a selection of images from An Uncommon Beauty as part of the AKA!
The images will be on view prior to and during Kilkenny Arts Week 2016.

Alternative Kilkenny Arts (AKA) is a collaboration of people living in Kilkenny who have an interest in or practice within the arts around the City and County. Alternative Kilkenny Arts Fringe Festival provides a great opportunity for many not involved in the main programme to exhibit, perform, recite and activate their work around the City during the Festival. There has from time to time been a tradition of an informal fringe programme to compliment the main festival. But it has been inconsistent. AKA is endeavouring to bring together these strands under a single programme to promote a diverse range of artistic and creative talent, offer a platform and to raise awareness to patrons of the festival that all of this is going on in our City; all of the time!

© Anthony Griffin Photography 2016

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The Nigerian Voice

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday, 9 March 2016, so me quoted in light of my An Uncommon Beauty work in The Nigerian Voice. As (Oguns and thewillnigeria.com, 2016) stated: 

'Photographer, Anthony Griffin summed it all in the very recent photo-shoot he did where he beautifully captured several female Alopecia sufferers that “It can result in social phobia, anxiety and depression, especially for women for whom a deep, personal relationship between hair and self-esteem has existed throughout history, philosophy and religion.'


Oguns, J. and thewillnigeria.com, (2016). Mc Wazobia Stole My Video & Turned It Into Comedy Skit!- Alopecia Sufferer Claims. [online] TheNigerianVoice. Available at: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/movie/208904/mc-wazobia-stole-my-video-turned-it-into.html [Accessed 9 Mar. 2016].

International Alopecia Day #2

Just back from a great day at Roches - Positive Appearance and Well Being to take part in their International Alopecia Day event. There were makeup sessions, Indian Head Massages, Embrowdery, prizes and competitions. Anne Roche and her great team pampered us all for the day and together with Bianconi's, kept us fed and watered on what turned into a warm, sunny afternoon here in Dublin.

As part of the day, I showed my An Uncommon Beauty work, which I projected large onto a stairwell wall and was also able to informally present my framed prints and books to those who attended.

Shortly before lunchtime, I gave a talk about the project i.e. the process and my own personal experiences and learning. It made me realise that the project is still quite fresh and that I need to spend a little time to reflect upon everything I went through. Equally, that despite the fact that the actual shooting is over, the project itself is somewhat ongoing.

I had only finished mentioning John Berger, men act and women appear, the male gaze etc. and as Berger says:

You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure (1973, p51)

etc., when I popped into a little newsagent next door to be greeted with the following sight (men act and women appear). It is always interesting to see how men and women's hands (in particular) are presented and positioned on the cover of glossy magazines:


A great day and the first, but not the last International Alopecia Day event at Roche's.

Thanks to Anne and her team for allowing me to be part of the day and to those who attended, sat and listened to me - but more importantly, questioned me. 

Berger, J. (1973) Ways Of Seeing. London: British Broadcasting Corp.

International Alopecia Day #1

I have been asked by Roches - Positive Appearance and Well Being to take part in their International Alopecia Day event, tomorrow Saturday, 1 August, at their Merrion Gates Clinic. You can read more about International Alopecia Day here

It's going to be a great, fun and positive day with Makeup sessions, Indian Head Massages, Embrowdery, Prizes and Competitions, Face-painting for children, refreshments and finger food. The event runs from 11am until 3pm and I know that Roches have put a lot of work into the preparations. 

As part of the day, I will be showing a project of my 36 final images that appear in An Uncommon Beauty, the book, as a projection, along with a number of framed prints from the project. 

Furthermore, I will be giving a talk about the project's process and my own personal experiences and learning.

I will also be at hand to take photographs for as one of Ireland’s contribution to this year's AlopeciaWorld video montage. An update to follow after the event!


D-Light Studio/Photo Ireland

Between the 26th and 28th of July, D-Light Studios presented over 40 photographers as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2015 and I was there with my An Uncommon Beauty project.

The exhibition officially kicked off on Sunday, July 26th with live DJs and the D-Light Cafe kept us all sweet with a steady supply of free doughnuts from the Polish Traditional Bakery Dublin. A very exclusive instalment of a 'Tenx9' Storytelling event (9 people took 10 minutes to tell a true story on the theme 'Snap', with all stories being about a chosen photograph.

Canon Ireland undertook a sponsored portrait session with complimenary Älska cider served on the opening night. All kinds of photography on view, with 'something for everyone', as they say and lots of very creative display methods and presentations.

I received great feedback on my work, with lots of people leafing through the pages of my book, as well as asking me about the process and subject matter. It was a great chance to chat to other photographers and artists too, as well as with members of the public.
I guess you'd say I had a D-lightful time *groan*. 


I was delighted to have an image from An Uncommon Beauty shortlisted for Expressions, a dedicated art photography and portrait exhibition in Longford from 23 - 26 July.

The emphasis of the competition by Longford Digital Arts/Longford County Arts Services was on art photography. Rather than technically competent renditions of images of family, friends or pets they sought portraits of a high technical standard that are also creative and express an identity.

Tanya Kiang, Co-Director/CEO of the Gallery of Photography spoke at the official launch on the night of Thursday, 23 July and there was an emphasis on the international nature of the exhibition, which featured work by photographers based in Israel, Mexico, Poland and USA. 

It was great to participate in such an event and I loved the work on display, all of which was very varied and of such high quality. Furthermore, there was little for me to do expect arrive and enjoy. My images was printed, mounted and installed for me. Excellently I must say!

Expressions Committee Members: Angelika Sowul and Shelley Corcoran, Me and my friend Edel

Expressions Committee Members: Angelika Sowul and Shelley Corcoran, Me and my friend Edel