Hugh MacConville Biography

Hugh MacConville is a fine art landscape photographer based in the west of Ireland. His work captures the fleeting moments of shadow and light on Europe’s Atlantic edge.

Hugh started his life as a photographer in Dublin in the late 1960s when he served his time with some of the leading professional photographers. He has worked in all aspects of print, photography and film.

In the 1970s, he travelled and worked extensively throughout the country. During this time, he acquired his passion for the light on the west coast of Ireland.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he had a successful industrial and architectural photography practice and also worked with many of Ireland’s leading publications.

He has championed important issues relating to Ireland’s architectural heritage. He initiated and illustrated the book, Irelands’ Earthen Houses, co-written by Frank McDonald and Peigin Doyle, that had a seminal role in preserving this important part of Ireland’s built heritage. His photographs, which illustrate Nessa Roche’s book on Irish windows, ‘Legacy of Light: A history of Irish Windows’, have received international recognition.

Relocating to the west of Ireland nearly 20 years ago allowed him to re-imagine ways of capturing the light and mood of the land.

He pushes the boundaries of landscape photography and invites the viewer to share the moments of light and shadow that are the essence of the Irish landscape.

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