A graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Deirdre Brennan worked as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in New York for over a decade before returning to her native Dublin. On contract with The New York Times since 2000, her work has been published throughout the world in titles such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Marie Claire, Sports Illustrated, Portrait of Humanity, The Hollywood Reporter, Panorama, American Photography, Vice, Mother Jones, The Smithsonian and The London Sunday Times.
Deirdre was named “10 Women Who Wrote History With Their Cameras” as part of Visa pour L’image, The International Photojournalism Festival’s 20th Anniversary.
Nominations include The World Press Photo Master Class, The New York Photo Awards, The Moscow International Foto Awards and PDN “30 Under 30″.
One of her photographs from Portrait of Humanity was featured in the Worlds’s First Exhibition in Other Space by The British Journal of Photography in 2020.
A conceptually trained artist, Deirdre work occupies a space between documentary and fiction. Deirdre has always had an anthropological interest in people, their lives and stories. Storytelling, social justice and politics have always been integral of her photographic practice.
Deirdre is currently working on a long term photo documentary entitled “Following Ulysses”, utilising the map and structure of James Joyce’s novel to consider politics, race and class in modern Dublin.