World and war photography galleries in Temple Bar

The Gallery of Photography at Meeting House Square on Temple Bar is exhibiting the Prix Pictet 2009 winners. The Prix Pictet is a prize awarded to photographers who “communicate powerful messages of global environmental significance.” This year’s theme is “Earth“. Photographer Nadav Kander was announced as the winner of the 2009 award and is featured in the exhibit along with 11 other shortlisted photographers. Kander documented the Yangtze River in China and the people that thrive along it.

Of the 12 photographers, Ed Kashi was chosen to receive the Prix Pictet Commission, a separate award, allowing Kashi to travel to Madagascar and photograph the struggle between man and earth, and what preservationists are doing there. This year’s shortlist of winners featured stories ranging from industrial landscapes in Portugal to oil exploitation in the Niger Delta. Though the collection is a small, it is a compelling example of what has been, and is still happening, around the world.

Dates: 3 April-30 May
Location: Gallery of Photography at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Price: Free

Witness to War
The National Photographic Archive is also exhibiting a photographic collection at Meeting House Square on Temple Bar. “Witness to War” documents the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War through the lens of W.D. Hogan. Hogan was a commercial and press photographer located in Henry Street between 1920 and 1935. The collection provides unique access to the history of Ireland and provides images that some may have never seen.

Dates: Now-24 May
Location: Gallery of Photography at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Price: Free

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