/ 2018 / Portraiture / Culture

Irish Travellers

  • Prize
    Silver in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

In 2010, I started photographing the Irish Travellers who are an
ethnic group at a horse fair in Ireland. I returned to the fair the
following year to meet them again and to give them some photos I
had taken. They gained my trust and invited me to photograph their
families and other clans. I am intrigued by their nomadic lifestyle so I
decided to visit their caravans, halting sites and roadside
encampments. In March 2017, Irish Travellers group have been
formally recognized as an ethnic group. Today, they are still facing
racism, discrimination and hardship by society. Travellers are very
proud of their culture. I want to represent these people through my
photographs. My goal is to continue to work with these families as
well as other members that I encounter, and perhaps let the settled
people have more understanding of their unique culture.

Born in Boston, Joseph-Philippe started drawing and painting after he lost his hearing at the age of 3. He took up photography during his senior year at a private school in Massachusetts. In 1985, he enrolled at the Rochester Institute of Technology to study photography where he remained there for 2 years before changing direction in career due to financial circumstances, In 1990 he return to photography to study at the Art Institute of Boston. It was in 1990, Joseph-Philippe developed a style for his square B&W portraiture of people he met in the nightclubs and on the street. After working for several major photo labs in Massachusetts in the last half of 1990, he moved to Ireland during the millennium to start his property management business. In 2007, he went back to photograph portraits using the same camera and style as he did in the early 90’s. In 2010, he started a new project, photographing the Irish Travellers and four years later, he formed the Irish Travellers Photo Workshops which takes place annually. A recipient of artist grants and making a living through sales of prints and private tutoring.

Awards EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2017 – Clare County Council Art Act Grant, Ireland
2015 – ‘Photographic Arts II’ exhibition, Gallery Revival, Offaly, Ireland, group show
2014 – ‘Photographic Arts’ exhibition, Gallery Revival, Offaly, Ireland, group show
2014 – Plastic Fantastic Show V, Astoria, Oregon, U.S. group show
2014 – New Hampshire Institute of the Arts, New Hampshire, U.S. group show
2014 – Clare County Council Art Act Grant, Ireland
2008 – Art Disability Forum Grant Award, Belfast
2007 – Royal Hibernian Academy 177th annual Exhibition, group show
1999 – Central Intelligence Agency Art Exhibit – Certificate of Appreciation
1997 – American Society for Media Photographers – Gold & Bronze Awards
1996 – American Society for Media Photographers – Silver & Bronze Awards
1996 – Photographer’s Forum, 16th Annual Photography Contest – Honourable Mention
1994 – Art Institute of Boston Portfolio Competition – 1st Place
1994 – Photographer’s Forum, 14th Annual Photography Contest – Honourable Mention
1992 – Art Institute of Boston Portfolio Competition – 1st Place
1991 – Art Institute of Boston Portfolio Competition – 1st Place
1991 – Photographer’s Forum, 11th Annual Photography Contest – 4th Place
1990 – Architect Gallery Contemporary Competition – 1st & 2nd Place
1990 – Soho Art Competition #11 – Certificate of Appreciation
1985 – New England Camera Club Black & White Print Competition – 3rd Place
1984 – Brooks School – Visual Arts Award
1984 – Bradley Art Competition – Honourable Mention


PUBLICATIONS

2016 – Shots Magazine Spring 2016, Issue No. 131
2014 – Lenswork, Sept/Oct, Issue No. 114