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Samuel Laurence Cunnane

Samuel Laurence Cunnane works with analogue photography, capturing places, people and plants with a detached “floating eye” perspective. Whether in Guangzhou, Tehran, the Balkans, or his native Kerry, Cunnane is drawn to the unnoticed periphery: the outskirts of the city, where plants battle with concrete; the edges of housing developments, where newly built homes surround mounts of upturned earth; the frontier between interior and exterior, demarcated by fences, windows, topiary. His photographs deromanticise the popularly sentimental, with landscapes interrupted by utilitarian infrastructure, and yet their sensitivity to light, framing and texture give them a cinematic quality. Responding to the increasingly dematerialised nature of contemporary image making, Cunnane remains connected to the physicality of the production process, printing his photographs by hand in a darkroom. The resulting C-type prints are relatively small in size, resonating with the restrained, intimate nature of the work.

 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane lives and works in Berlin and Kerry.

Selected Works

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Shannon, 2020

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Shannon, 2020
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
17.8 x 25.5 cm / 7 x 10 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm /  15.8 x 18.9 in framed   

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Annina Bruise, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Annina bruise, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
25.5 x 17.8 cm / 10 x 7 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm / 15.8 x 18.9 in framed   

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Bird Statue, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Bird Statue, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
17.8 x 25.5 cm / 7 x 10 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm /  15.8 x 18.9 in framed
Collection of Office of Public Works, Ireland

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Steel Rope 2018

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Steel Rope, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed  

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Siobhán 1, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Site 1, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed 

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Greem River, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Green River, 2019 
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
22.5 x 30.6 cm / 8.9 x 12 in image size
45 x 53 cm / 17.7 x 20.9 in framed size 

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Metal bar 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Metal bar, 2019 
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
25.5 x 17.8 cm / 10 x 7 in image size 
40.2 x 48 cm / 15.8 x 18.9 in framed size 

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Trees in water, 2017
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
18.7 x 25.5 cm / 7.4 x 10 in image size 
41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Bag of cut grass, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
12.7 x 19.1 cm / 5 x 7.5 in image size 
31.7 x 38.2 x 3 cm / 12.5 x 15 x 1.2 in framed

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Decathlon, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
22.5 x 30.6 cm / 8.9 x 12 in image size 
45 x 53 cm / 17.7 x 20.9 in framed size 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Celia looks out the window, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size 
27.6 x 32.6 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 12.8 x 1.2 in framed

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Mary, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size 
27.6 x 32.6 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 12.8 x 1.2 in framed

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Kitchen, Rue de Corinthe, 2013
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
15 x 10 cm / 5.9 x 3.9 in image size 
33.2 x 28.2 x 3 cm / 13.1 x 11.1 x 1.2 in framed

 

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Legs, 2013
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10 x 15 cm / 3.9 x 5.9 in image size 
28.2 x 33.2 x 3 cm / 11.1 x 13.1 x 1.2 in framed

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Shannon, 2020

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Shannon, 2020
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
17.8 x 25.5 cm / 7 x 10 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm /  15.8 x 18.9 in framed   

Annina Bruise, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Annina bruise, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
25.5 x 17.8 cm / 10 x 7 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm / 15.8 x 18.9 in framed   

Bird Statue, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Bird Statue, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
17.8 x 25.5 cm / 7 x 10 in image size
40.2 x 48 cm /  15.8 x 18.9 in framed
Collection of Office of Public Works, Ireland

Steel Rope 2018

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Steel Rope, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed  

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Siobhán 1, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Site 1, 2019
hand-printed silver gelatin print, edition of 3 + 1AP
27.8 x 37.5 cm / 10.9 x 14.8 in image size 
50.5 x 60.4 cm / 19.9 x 23.8 in framed 

Greem River, 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Green River, 2019 
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
22.5 x 30.6 cm / 8.9 x 12 in image size
45 x 53 cm / 17.7 x 20.9 in framed size 

Metal bar 2019

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Metal bar, 2019 
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
25.5 x 17.8 cm / 10 x 7 in image size 
40.2 x 48 cm / 15.8 x 18.9 in framed size 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Trees in water, 2017
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
18.7 x 25.5 cm / 7.4 x 10 in image size 
41.4 x 48.2 x 3 cm / 16.3 x 19 x 1.2 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Bag of cut grass, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
12.7 x 19.1 cm / 5 x 7.5 in image size 
31.7 x 38.2 x 3 cm / 12.5 x 15 x 1.2 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Decathlon, 2019
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
22.5 x 30.6 cm / 8.9 x 12 in image size 
45 x 53 cm / 17.7 x 20.9 in framed size 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Celia looks out the window, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size 
27.6 x 32.6 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 12.8 x 1.2 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Mary, 2016
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10.2 x 15.2 cm / 4 x 6 in image size 
27.6 x 32.6 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 12.8 x 1.2 in framed

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Kitchen, Rue de Corinthe, 2013
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
15 x 10 cm / 5.9 x 3.9 in image size 
33.2 x 28.2 x 3 cm / 13.1 x 11.1 x 1.2 in framed

 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane 
Legs, 2013
hand-printed C-type print on archival photo paper, edition of 3 + 1AP
10 x 15 cm / 3.9 x 5.9 in image size 
28.2 x 33.2 x 3 cm / 11.1 x 13.1 x 1.2 in framed

Biog 1

Samuel Laurence Cunnane has been the subject of exhibitions at Kerlin Gallery (2020); OCT Boxes Museum of Art, Shunde, China (2018), Öktem&Aykut, Istanbul (2017); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2016) and THEODORE: Art, New York (2015). Recent group exhibitions and projects include National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2019) and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2018). Cunnane’s work can be found in the collections of OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China; The TIA Collection, Sante Fe, USA; the National Gallery of Ireland; the Arts Council of Ireland; the Trinity College Art Collection, Dublin. A publication with a text by Brian Dillon, Professor of Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London, was published in 2020 and is available online here.

Exhibitions

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2018
OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China

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Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2016
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2015
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Fortnightly Features Presents, 2014
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2018
OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde, China

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2016
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Samuel Laurence Cunnane, 2015
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

Samuel Laurence Cunnane
Fortnightly Features Presents, 2014
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland