Really looking forward to seeing this, not least cause it reminds me of the John Berger – Jean Mohr collaboration in A Fortunate Man:
General Practice is a forthcoming exhibition of photographs at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar, Dublin, which highlights the vital role of GPs in contemporary Irish society, providing a glimpse into the usually private interactions between GP and patient. In colour and black-and-white photographs, the photographer Fionn McCann captures the trials, tribulations and sometimes humour of these encounters.
Through the sensitivity of McCann’s lens, the frontline work of GPs is revealed in all its diversity. In the consulting room or on home visits, the GP may be called upon to medicate, to perform procedures or simply to explain and reassure. Above all, the confessional quality of the patient-GP encounter, where listening to the patient’s concerns is of prime importance, is underlined.
This exhibition marks the closing event of the tercentenary celebrations of the Medical School of Trinity College Dublin. It is the inspiration of the Professor of General Practice, Tom O’Dowd who commissioned Fionn McCann as photographer. The images were made between 2008 and 2011, and document a series of patients’ visits to six General Practitioners throughout Ireland. The GPs and the featured patients gave permission to have McCann present during these normally private encounters and the project was ethically approved by the Irish College of General Practitioners.
The exhibition runs from 16 – 27 May 2012, admission free. There are 47 images in total and a video installation playing additional imagery. There is accompanying text for both the exhibition and the individual images. An introductory essay will be included in the accompanying catalogue.