Photograph by Emma Jervis
Rohan Reilly is a self-learned photographer and gallery owner based in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland. Formerly a record label owner, producer, and DJ, Rohan lived in Barcelona, Spain for several years. Inspired by the historic art and architectural scenes, he developed a fascination for the works of Calatrava and Gaudi and soon after took to his craft.
Rohan’s initial work focused on the architecture of the city, but he quickly began to focus on the abstract landscape of the Catalonian coast.
Influenced by the work of English photographer Michael Kenna and Japanese minimalist artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, Reilly was also inspired by the music he produced and created as a DJ.
Music was a catalyst for his work with images that reflect the control of a composer who creates simple uncluttered compositions, reducing a scene to the essential elements and drawing the viewer in to the textures, tones, and composition.
Reilly uses long exposures to draw out the essential elements of a scene. His images are enigmatic and compelling, inviting us into a monochromatic world of clean lines and powerful shapes.
In 2013 Rohan travelled to Japan to photograph the unique and minimalist images of the Japanese countryside. He also developed an appreciation for Zen philosophy and the aesthetics of Wabi Sabi.
His work became more minimal and abstract as he discovered Japanese influences while utilizing the form, shapes, and lines that he had observed in the architecture in Barcelona.
Rohan has received awards from many prestigious organizations including The World Photography Organisation, The Prix De La Photographie in Paris, International Photography Awards, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, and Black and White Spider Awards.
He exhibits regularly in Ireland and has been published in magazines and newspapers including The Irish Sunday Times, The Independent, Photography Week, and Dodho Magazine.
When not running his gallery he photographs and teaches popular photography workshops across Ireland and Europe.
Awards / Publications
April 2018 - 2nd place Sony World Photography Awards in professional Landscape Category
Nov 2017 - Silver Medal in the ND awards in the Seascape category
Sept 2017 - 2 Silver medals and 3 Bronze medals in the Epson Pano awards
Sept 2017 - 3 Honourable Mentions in International Photography awards in Nature and Architecture categories
Jan 2017 - 3rd place winner in Monochrome Photography awards in Fine Art and 3 Honourable mentions in Nature and Abstract categories
Sept 2016 - 1st place winner in International Photography awards in Panoramic and 3 Honorable mentions in Nature and Architecture categories
July 2015 - Bronze Medal and 5 Honourable mentions in The Prix De La Photographie, Paris
in Landscape, Fine art and Architecture categories
Sept 2014 - 2 Honourable mentions in International Photography awards in Fine Art Landscape and Panoramic categories
Sept 2014 1 Honourable mention and 2 Nominations in the Black and White Spider Awards
Sept 2013 - 3 Honourable Mentions in The International Photography Awards with three series in the Professional Landscape and Panoramic sections
Oct 2012 - Commended in The Landscape Photographer of the year
Sept 2012 - 4 Honourable Mentions in The International Photography Awards and IPA Country Pick Award
Sept 2012 - International Fine Art Photography Awards (Grand prix de la Decouverte)- Two Jurors award of merit in the Abstract and Landscape categories
2018 - Somerset House, London. Sony World Photography Awards. April 20th - 9th May
2017 - CHQ - Joint show- 04 Oct 18 Oct- CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin 1
2017 - WBW- Group Show. Dnipro, Lviv and Kiev- Sept, Oct and Nov 2017
2017 - Bnw Minimalism Group show - CCART, Isfahan, Iran. - Iran May. 2017
2017 - Bnw Minimalism Group show - Yadegary Art Gallery, Kerman - Iran Feb. 2017
2016 - Irish Light Exhibition - Joint show- 15 09 16 - 06 10 16 @ CHQ Building, IFSC, Dublin 1
2015 - West Cork Creates Exhibition, Joint show with Sculptor Helen Walsh August - Sept.
2014 - Encore!- A winter exhibition at The Copper House Gallery
2014 - West Cork Creates Exhibition, August - Sept - Skibbereen
2014 - Jan - 21 Feb. Copper House Gallery Dublin
2014 - Chez Youen, June - Aug Baltimore
2013 - York Railway Museum, England. Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition
2013 - Chez Youen June - August - Baltimore
2012 - Christmas Print Exhibition at The Copper House Gallery,
Dublin Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
2012 - July / August The Glebe Gallery, Baltimore
Sept 2017 - Shutr Magazine, NL.
Apr 2016 - Photography Week Magazine, Uk. Issue 187
Sept 2015 - Photography Week Magazine, Uk. Issue 154
July 2015 - Front Cover Photography Week Magazine, Uk. Issue 143
June 2015 - Dodho Magazine Feature on Japan works, Barcelona.
Aug 2014 - The Independent. Ireland.
Jan 2014 - Italian Ways Magazine feature on works from Venice.
Sept 2013 - Featured in Dodho Magazine, Barcelona.
July 2013 - Photography Week Magazine, UK.
Oct 2012 - Plus One Magazine
Sept 2012 - Sunday Times Magazine and Landscape Photographer of the year, Irl and UK.