Tony Rodgers' photographic exhibition opens at Friars' Gate

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Tony Rodgers' photographic exhibition opens at Friars' Gate

A photograph entitled Castleconnell Flood Waters which forms part of Tony Rodgers’ exhibition at Friars' Gate

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition by a photographer whose main criterion is that the pictures be aesthetically pleasing, opens at Friars’ Gate theatre in Kilmallock this Saturday.

Best described as a serious hobbyist, Tony Rodgers' interest in photography goes back very many years.

Since retiring from his job in banking he began to take it more seriously. Largely self-taught, he has attended three workshops at the Burren College of Art on various aspects of image-making. 

Originally born in Cork, Tony moved around various places – the midlands, Dublin and Galway on transfers by the bank he worked in.  He has been in Limerick since the 1960s and now lives in Castletroy.  

“I’ve always had an interest in photography, often borrowing cameras before I had my own, which was an early Praktica SLR made in East Germany, later graduating to Canon film cameras,” he explained.

“The material in the show is a mixed bag, some images from old negatives and slides (transparencies), for example, the portrait of Istabraq is on slide film dating back to 2000.  I included this shot because of his associations with Kilmallock.  Apart from the standard landscapes, my interest in contemporary art was also an influence in my choice of subject.”

Eclectic Miscellany will be opened by Joan MacKernan on Saturday, March 5 at 5pm.