Gerry Andrews: FIPF ARPS EFIAP
Gerry Andrews who lives in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, spent all of his working life in the Irish Printing Industry. Born in Limerick, he qualified as a Process Engraver at the Limerick Leader Newspaper Group in 1973. He was appointed Group Production Manager at the company in 1981. He moved to Dublin with his family in 1985 to further his career and subsequently built one of the Ireland’s largest and most respected lithographic printing firms. He sold the business in 2006. A former President of the Irish Printing Federation he served on the National Apprentice Advisory Council and as a member of the Irish Business National Executive Council of IBEC. He was the founder of the Irish Print & Packaging Forum and was inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame in 2010 for his service to industry. He was appointed to the Employment Appeals Tribunal in 2011 and was nominated for the Limerick Person of the year award in 2012.
His interest and passion for photography started as a nineteen year old working in the Pre Press Dept of the Limerick Leader. In the early 70s he embarked on a project to capture the changing face of Ireland by making a photographic record of the characters that frequented the Limerick Milk Market. He gave up photography in 1980 to concentrate on his business career. He returned to photography after the death of his wife June in 2004. In recent years he has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, South America, Africa and Cuba. He has a specific interest in photojournalism and social documentary photography and in 2012 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Irish Photographic Federation for his work in this genre. That year he was also awarded an Associateship of the British Royal Photographic Society for Travel photography. In 2013 he received an EFIAP from the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique.
Gerry’s photographs have won numerous national and international awards and his work has been widely published and included in private collections worldwide. His photographs have also been exhibited in numerous photographic exhibitions and international salons.
His photographs of the Milk Market and Limerick in the 70’s have received worldwide acclaim. In 2012 the Hunt Museum, Limerick displayed those images as their premier summer exhibition and the show, which ran for four months, attracted record numbers to the museum and was extended by popular demand. Following that exhibition he self published a book of the Milk Market photographs. That publication ‘Shaped by History’ received Book of the Year award at the 2012 Irish Print Awards. Following the success of his book and exhibition, he was invited to display that body of work at the National Photographic Archive Gallery, Dublin in 2015. The Shaped by History exhibition was sponsored by the Hunt Museum, the Department of Arts and Heritage and the Limerick City of Culture. It was Gerry’s fifth one man photographic exhibition and attracted a total of over seventy-five thousand visitors to both the National Archive Photographic Gallery and the Hunt Museum. A selection of the Milk Market photographs are included in the permanent collection of the University of Limerick and displayed on campus at the Kemmy Business School.
Gerry’s photographic work has been featured on numerous television programmes at home and abroad. A Past President of Dublin Camera Club he is a regular guest lecturer throughout Ireland. He is also a member of the Irish Photographic Federation Distinctions selection panel.
I became interested in Photography in the early 70s while working with the Limerick Leader Newspaper.