Gerry Andrews: FIPF ARPS EFIAP
Gerry Andrews is an award-winning Dublin based photographer, whose passion for photography started when he was a nineteen-year-old working at the Limerick Leader Newspaper in Ireland.
In the early 1970s, he embarked on a project to capture the changing face of Ireland by making a photographic record of the characters that frequented the Milk Market in his native city, Limerick.
He gave up photography to concentrate on his business career in 1980 and subsequently built one of the largest and most respected lithographic printing companies in Ireland. He is a former Director of the Print & Packaging Forum and President of the Irish Printing Federation. He was initiated into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Irish Printing Industry in 2010
He returned to photography when he sold his business in 2006. In recent years his photographs of the Milk Market and Limerick in the 1970s have received national and international acclaim. His photographic exhibition, ‘Shaped by History’ attracted nearly 80,000 visitors when images from that work were exhibited at the Hunt Museum Limerick and at the National Photographic Archive Gallery in Dublin.
His accompanying book ‘Shaped by History’ was a sell out and awarded Book of the Year at the Irish Print Awards in 2012. His collection of photographs has been described by Dr Edward Walsh, Founding President, University of Limerick, as “a valuable national legacy” and has received substantial media coverage both at home and abroad.
In 2021, 50 years after he took his fist image, Andrews returned to the Limerick Milk Market to chart progress since the initial project in the early 70s. His combination of old and new images is a unique social documentary of a developing Ireland, capturing the nation’s transition from austerity to prosperity through the lens of one photographer; all captured in the same market. As part of that updated project, he recorded photographs of the market as it struggled to survive the economic challenges caused by a global pandemic.
In addition to social documentary photography, Andrews is particularly interested in environmental portraiture, photojournalism and travel. He has photographed extensively throughout Europe, South-East Asia, North & South America, Cuba and Africa. Some of his travel images were featured in a one-man photographic exhibition, ‘Faces & Places’, at the Hunt Museum Limerick in 2017.
His photographs have won numerous awards both at home and abroad and have been acquired by private collectors worldwide. A selection of his work is on permanent display at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation in 2012, an EFIAP from the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique in 2013 and an ARPS from the Royal Photographic Society in 2013. He has held six one-man, photographic exhibitions and his work has featured in a number of television and radio programmes. He has produced two books ‘Shaped by History’ and ‘Faces & Places’. He is a past President of the Dublin Camera Club and a member of the IPF Distinction Assessment Panel.
Andrews is a well-known judge of national and international photographic competitions and a sought-after lecturer at home and abroad. In January 2022 he became the first photographer from the Republic of Ireland to be invited to give a zoom presentation to members of the FIAP Academy (Federation Internationale De L’Art Photographque), in 40 countries across 4 continents.
In 2022 he was presented with the only Lifetime Achievement award ever awarded by Limerick Camera Club for exceptional and distinguished service to both Limerick and LCC. In 2022, the Irish Photographic Federation awarded him the Brendan Walkin Memorial Award for Outstanding Services to Irish photography.
His new book “From the Shadows of the Past” is an intimate study of the people who represent Ireland’s past and those who symbolise its vibrant future, captured by one photographer, in one market, 50 years apart.
I became interested in Photography in the early 70s while working with the Limerick Leader Newspaper.