Christy is new photographer in residence at ITMA

Christy MacNamara (Photo: Peter Laban)

Clare musician, photographer, artist and story-teller, Christy Mc Namara has been named as the Irish Traditional Music Archive’s Photographer-in-Residence for 2022.

Christy grew up in a family steeped in Irish music and traditions in County
Clare. His father, Joe, played with the Tulla Ceili Band with his uncles
Paddy and P.J. Hayes. His mother Biddy was a renowned set dancer.

He
has lived and worked in London, Sydney and New York. His perspective on
Irish music and home place has been a central pillar in his work as an
artist. His black and white photography is an intimate portrayal of
Irish rural life. His photographs tell a personal story of home, family, community and traditions. Christy has exhibited extensively both at home and abroad, and his book, The Living Note, produced with the writer Peter Woods, was published by O’Brien Press in1996 to critical acclaim.

Work by Christy will be shared online by the ITMA during the period of his residency.

This image of Christy was taken by Peter Laban, who was the ITMA’s Photographer-in-Residence for 2021.

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