Gerry Andrews, who lives in Rathmichael Co Dublin, was born in Wolfe Tone Street Limerick in 1952. He was educated at the Model School and St Munchin’s College, Co Limerick.
Gerry served his time as a Process Engraver at the Limerick Leader and was appointed Works Manager at the company in 1981. His interest in photography started as a nineteen year old while working in the Limerick Leader. The photographs in his current exhibition were taken from the period 1971 to 1978. Gerry gave up photography in 1980 to concentrate on his career. Gerry moved to Dublin with his family in 1985 to work as a manager of a print firm. He subsequently built one of the Ireland’s largest and most respected printing firms, employing over one hundred people. He sold the business in 2006. Gerry is a former President of the Irish Printing Federation, served on the National Apprentice Advisory Council, the IBEC National Executive Council and was the founder of the Irish Print & Packaging Forum. He was appointed Director of the Print & Packaging Forum in 2007 and served in that position for four years. Gerry was inducted into the Printing Industry Hall of Fame in 2010 for his service to industry. He is a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
Gerry returned to photography after the death of his wife, June, in 2004. Since returning to photography, Gerry has travelled extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, South America, Africa and Cuba. In 2011 he spent a period of time making a photographic record of the vanishing tribes in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia and this work was subsequently featured in a profile of him on RTE television.
Gerry 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. Later that year, he was awarded an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society for his work in Burma and in 2013 he was awarded an AFIAP by the Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique.
Gerry was also nominated for the Limerick Person of the Year award in 2012. He has won numerous national and international awards for his photography and his work has been displayed in over fifty countries worldwide. He is a regular guest lecturer at Camera Clubs throughout the country.
Gerry’s photographs of the Milk Market and Limerick in the 1970’s have received worldwide interest and acclaim. The Hunt Museum invited him to display these images as their premier 2012 Summer Exhibition. The show, which ran for four months, attracted record numbers to the Museum and was extended by popular demand. The success of that Exhibition has led to the publication of his award winning book Shaped by History.
Gerry is currently undergoing treatment for a rare blood cancer which was diagnosed in August last year. His third one-man show is currently being exhibited at the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar until January 2015.
I became interested in Photography in the early 70s while working with the Limerick Leader Newspaper.