From November 2022 until March 2023, the Office of Public Works in Ireland will present a large-scale 80th birthday retrospective exhibition of over 130 high-quality prints from nearly six decades of the widely diverse output of this renowned photographer. The exhibition will be presented in Farmleigh Gallery, at Farmleigh House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops that will highlight the importance of Bunn’s vision as a classical photographer in capturing over five decades of Ireland’s cultural, fashion, landscape and environmental history.
In 2012, Bunn’s ‘Talking Heads’ exhibition, of large-scale, close-up photographic portraits in black/white of writers, poets and artists, was held in The Solstice Gallery in Navan and in 2013, as the first photographer to be allowed to do so, he conducted a fashion shoot on Skellig Michael for Juno Magazine. This was followed, in 2014, by ‘Volto Angelo’, an exhibition of large prints held in The Octagon Room of the Irish Georgian Society’s headquarters on Dublin’s South William Street.
In all, this retrospective of Mike Bunn’s work will present to the public an extraordinarily varied selection of magnificent images that reflect with great sensitivity some of the most important cultural developments that have occurred in Ireland over the past five decades. It will also present new work from Bunn’s ever-present and deeply-felt passion for the beauty and mystery of Ireland’s natural environment, giving us a unique vision, from a truly gifted artist, of wild treasures that we should protect and celebrate.
Mike Bunn / Photographic portrait workshop -Saturday 11th February 2023; 3pm; Farmleigh Gallery; €12