Sean Cannon’s photographic journey with Achill Island began as a young boy traveling with his mother and father from County Monaghan to visit his grandfather in the West of Ireland. Walking Keem Bay and Keel Beach with his family opened his photographic eye to the western light. Back in Monaghan his amateur interests grew and after many summers visiting Achill, in 1989 Sean and Margaret Cannon established the home of the Western Light Art Gallery.
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 and white and colour, this selection includes some of his most loved and celebrated images illustrating the fragile beauty of his island home.
In 1976 Sean Cannon established the Monaghan Photographic Society for which he was awarded honorary life membership. He is a founding member of the first national photographic organisation ‘The Irish Photographic Federation’, later resulting in a lifetime achievement award. In 1989 he established the Western Light Art Gallery, which is a cultural hub where many artists inspired by Achill have been supported.