Paul Gaffney (b. 1979)

Paul Gaffney's first project, We Make the Path by Walking, was the culmination of both his MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster in Belfast, and a 3,500km journey which explored the idea of long-distance walking as a form of meditation, personal transformation, and immersion in nature. The resulting self-published book was selected for several “best photobooks of 2013” lists, nominated for the Photobook Award 2013 at the 6th International Photobook Festival in Kassel, Germany, and shortlisted for the European Publishers Award for Photography.

Stray was released in 2015 as a limited edition handmade artist’s book and was nominated for the MACK First Book Award, and the Photobook Award 2016 at the 8th International Photobook Festival, and will be included in the upcoming Photobook Phenomenon exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, in Spain.  

Gaffney was recently awarded the Arts Council’s Next Generation Artist Bursary for 2016-17, and his work has been widely published and exhibited as solo exhibitions in Luxembourg, Ireland and the UK as well as several group shows and festivals in the United States, UK, South Africa, Ireland, Italy, and China. He has also participated in several artist residencies, most recently at the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel in Luxembourg (2015-16), where his upcoming book Perigee was developed.

Paul Gaffney
Stray, 2016
Artists’ Book

  • Paul Gaffney: Stray 3

    Paul Gaffney
    Stray 3
    , 2016
    inkjet print on rag paper
    11 x 16.5 inches

  • Paul Gaffney: Stray 4

    Paul Gaffney
    Stray 10
    , 2016
    inkjet print on rag paper
    11 x 16.5 inches

    Photo: Paul Gaffney
  • Paul Gaffney: Stray 13

    Paul Gaffney
    Stray 13
    , 2016
    inkjet print on rag paper
    11 x 16.5 inches

    Photo: Paul Gaffney