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John Duncan

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John Duncan

John Duncan was born in Belfast (1968) and studied HND Documentary Photography at Newport in Wales (1989) and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art (1992).

John Duncan

Biography

John Duncan was born in Belfast (1968) and studied HND Documentary Photography at Newport in Wales (1989) and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art (1992). He currently lives and works in Belfast.
Recent exhibitions include: Bonfires and then Beacons, Helsinki Photography Biennial and Observers: Photographers of the British Scene from the 1930s to now, curated by Joao Kulcsar and Martin Caiger-Smith, Galeria de Arte SESI Sao Paulo (both 2012); Loaded Landscapes, curated by Natasha Egan, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and A Shout in the Street Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art, curated by Declan McGonagle, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (both 2007). Publications include Bonfires co-published by Belfast Exposed, Photoworks and Steidl 2008.

Portfolio Boom Town

John Duncan started the Boom Town project in 1999, before the global financial crisis unfolded and when there was more optimism in Europe surrounding urban regeneration. Boom Town charts Belfast’s redefinition of cultural, social and material values in the process of transforming the city. In the many building sites throughout the city, developers’ billboards are emblazoned with optimistic architectural views of what is about to be constructed. Duncan’s work has added poignancy against the backdrop of the Troubles “the architect’s dream of a brighter future still a sketch, like our political agreement, on a landscape that needs radical social, as class, cultural and political redevelopment.” Nicholas Allen

Publications

Publications: 

2008 Bonfires, Belfast Exposed, Photoworks and Steidl

2005 Third Text, Archive fever: Photography and the Peace in Belfast

2003 Cities of Belfast, Four Courts Press           

2003 Metrozones 2, NGBK Berlin           

2003 Trees From Germany, Belfast Exposed

1998 Be Prepared, Stills Gallery  

1996 The Lie of the Land, Gallery of Photography, Dublin

Exhibitions: 

2013 European Chronicles, Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, UK

2006 Dogs have no religion, Czech Museum of Fine Art, Prague, Czwch Republic

2006 East, Norwich Gallery, UK

2002 Boom Town, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland

2003Trees from Germany, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Additional information: 

Listen to John Duncan talk about his work at Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography here. There is also a vast archive of writing about Duncan’s work available here