Sean Cannon’s photographic journey with Achill Island began as a young boy traveling with his parents from County Monaghan to the West of Ireland to visit his grandfather. Walking along Keem Bay and Keel Beach with his family opened his eyes to the beauty of the western light. Back in Monaghan, his amateur interests grew and after many summers visiting Achill, Sean and Margaret Cannon established the home of the Western Light Art Gallery in 1989.
Across the arc of his photographic life, Sean Cannon brings you Achill Island in its many moods. For those who have visited or intend to visit Achill, this intimate collection of images specially chosen by Sean celebrates 30 years of photography exhibited in the Western Light Art Gallery.
With a mixture of images in both black & white and colour, this selection includes some of his most loved and celebrated images illustrating the fragile beauty of his island home.
About the Author
In 1976, Sean Cannon established the Monaghan Photographic Society and holds an honorary life membership. He is a founding member of the first national photographic organisation ‘The Irish Photographic Federation’, and later received a lifetime achievement award.
In 1989, he established the Western Light Art Gallery, a cultural hub where many artists inspired by Achill receive support.
Reviewed in Mayo News (2019)