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Emma O’Brien is a graduate of The Griffith College BA in Photographic Media. Her photographic practice is concerned mainly with themes of family childhood and home. Documenting the personal and the private, domestic landscapes, rural life, small towns and neighbourhoods. 1

Bio & Career

Her recent work seeks to make sense of the challenges a working mother faces; While mothering a young child, balancing unpaid emotional and domestic labour with paid work, she abandoned her photographic practice. As her child grew she began to explore the role of mother as artist and redefined her practice.  Turning her camera on her child she documents their everyday life. Her work recognises and amplifies the notion that a mothers lived experience is a valid area of artistic enquiry.

A career in Social and Community work informs her practice as she has a strong sense of ethics and works collaboratively with her subjects.

Selected As FreshEyes Talent by GUP magazine, 2021; Work published by PhotoIreland, 2021; Selected for Format International Festival 2021; PhotoIreland Open call 2010; Shortlisted for Smedia Awards in 2009 and has had work displayed in group shows at PhotoIreland 2011, and Brighton Photo Festival 2010. 2

  1. “About” Emma O’Brien
  2. “About” Emma O’Brien