Irish Music Photo Archive
By: Duan Stokes
The IMPA will be an inclusive digital archive, making accessible an incredible collection of photos of music in Ireland – including all the rock heroes – since the 60’s (and earlier) up to the present. It will be launched with a Special Project, Shoot 500, which will see 500 artists & bands being photographed in 12 months, creating a remarkable snapshot of a golden age in Irish music
About the Project
The Irish Music Photo Archive will be a fantastic new addition to the Irish music infrastructure. It fulfills a vital social and historical function, by collecting and digitising Irish music and music-related photos in a searchable and accessible way that will have the potential to create permanent, ongoing new revenue streams for Irish photographers – and also by providing a unique window into the world of Irish music and musicians past and present.
THE ARCHIVE WILL AIM TO:
– Present a pictorial record of every single Irish act since the birth of rock to the present day;
– Feature studio photo shoots and live photography from gigs, festivals and events around the country, both historical and current;
– Include all of the major genres and disciplines, including traditional, blues, jazz, classical etc as well as rock, pop, indie and dance.
– Feature works from Irish photographers of both homegrown and international acts.
The IMPA will aim to track down all significant, quality photographs from all eras of Irish music. So whether it’s shots of Sean O Riada at his piano, live Rory Gallagher images or an early Imelda May session, this initiative will digitally archive and make them available in a searchable database.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORDS…
The Irish Music Photo Archive is applying to the Arthur Guinness Projects for funding, in particular to support the Shoot 500 project. In this special project, which will benefit musicians all over Ireland, the IMPA will go on location with artists and bands or invite them into the Irish Music Photo Archive studios, where they will be treated to a full professional photo-shoot. These photos will form a crucial historical record of the musicians and bands who have created such a vibrant scene in Ireland, especially in the recent past. It will also form the basis for a mobile digital exhibition of Irish musicians and bands, to be shown at festivals and events, in Ireland and internationally.
…AND COMPLIMENTARY PHOTO SERVICES FOR BANDS
Following the photo-shoot, the band or solo act will be provided with a selection of high-res images, which can be used for their own purposes. The photo-shoot and the provision of photos would be free of charge to bands, delivering a huge benefit overall to Irish music and Irish musicians.
The Irish Music Photo Archive is a place where Irish photographers will be celebrated, and through which they can earn additional revenues. They can become a part of the archive (at no cost) by simply submitting their photographs. It is open to studio photographers and live photographers, as well as to citizen journalists.
High-profile international photographers’ work will also be included in the Archive. These works would include Irish acts, venues, festivals and more.
OPENING THE IRISH MUSIC WINDOW TO THE WORLD
By bringing all of the artists together under the one spotlight, the Irish Music Photo Archive will allow the world to see the strength and depth, the colour and magic of Irish music. It will help new Irish bands by offering them a professional photography service along with top quality photos – free – while also giving them a permanent place in the history of Irish music. It will also aim to add to the image awareness and professionalism of Irish bands and musicians, and by doing so give them both added confidence and wider exposure.
Music fans worldwide will be able to browse the archives, discover new bands and purchase prints of any of the photos – providing a new revenue stream for photographers.