In ‘Fire’s Love Song’ Enda Bowe worked with young people on either side of the

peace walls in Northern Ireland, choosing the symbolic bonfires of the 12th July and

8th August as his starting point. Bowe sought to go beyond stereotypical

representations laden with political and religious imagery to give a quieter, more

understated insight into youth culture in Belfast.

Free from political and geographical context, without reference to the specific

locations they were taken, the photographs speak of longing, yearning, aspirations

and vulnerabilities of young people in Belfast today.

These contemplative intimate portraits touch on our shared human experiences of

joy and sorrows, independent of individual backgrounds, inherited sense of place

and religious beliefs.








Searching for North


















Enda Bowe is an Irish photographer. He presents his work through exhibition and the

publication of photographic monographs. To date Bowe’s work has been exhibited in

galleries and museums including the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, the National

Portrait Gallery, London, Fotohof, Salzburg, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, The Visual

Centre Of Contemporary Art, Ireland, and Red Hook Lab Gallery, New York. His recent

collection of work ‘At Mirrored River’ received the international Solas Photography

Award and was nominated and long listed for the Prix Pictet Award 2017 and the

Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize 2017. Bowe’s first monograph ‘Kilburn

Cherry’ published by J&J Books received the Birgit Skiold Artist Award 2014,

Whitechapel Gallery London. His third monograph ‘Birds to the Air’ will be published by

Plum Plum Books in April 2018.

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