Mark Condren Launches New Book On The NYPD

Photographer Mark Condren, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sgt. Johnny Moynihan (NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force), at the launch of Mark's photo book 'NYPD' - Behind the scenes with the men and women of the New York City Police Department. Picture: Caroline Quinn

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, officially launched a new book by award-winning photographer, Mark Condren, in the 1837 Room at The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin on Monday evening last, 10th December 2018.

As its name suggests, the book, entitled NYPD - Behind the scenes with the men and women of the New York City Police Department, documents the day-to-day activities of New York's Police Department. The photographs are candid and close up featuring a wide range of activities from community policing to armed actions and took Mark over two years to compile while embedded with the various units of the Department.

Gaining the requisite access to the world's biggest Police Department began in 2011 when Mark published his first book, The Guards - behind the scenes with the men and women of An Garda Síochána, a photographic documentary of the Irish Police Force. Sold out within weeks of publication, this was a phenomenal success and became Mark's business card when he floated the idea for the NYPD book to  NYPD Commissioner, James O’Neill.

“I showed him the book I did on the guards in Ireland and he said that we had to do one of those for the NYPD.  He was totally supportive of the project and what I needed to do to get it done,”  said Mark. So, with the door fully opened to him, Mark made sixteen, two-week trips to the Big Apple over the following two years gathering the imagery that fills the magnificent work that is his latest book.

A native of Castletownroche, Co. Cork, Mark worked with 'The Corkman' before moving to the 'Sunday Tribune' and then to his present position with 'Independent News & Media'. He won his first P.P.A.I. Press Photographer of the Year award in 2009 and followed it up with two more wins in 2011 and 2013. In 2016, he took the title for a staggering fourth time which speaks volumes for the esteem in which his work is held.

Mark has been a good friend to East Cork Camera Group over the years and we wish him well with his new book which is already showing signs of the success of its predecessor. The new 208-page, full-colour book is an enthralling photographic work and can be bought at www.markcondren.com.

 

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Gregory Heisler ILFORD Lecture

greg_heisler-50_portraits'Start as you mean to go on' is a piece of advice often offered to people entering new relationships. With the same intention for the activities of ECCG in 2014, the first blog post of 2014 features the Ilford Lecture by renowned American portrait photographer, Gregory Heisler, whose book, "50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer", was published in 2013 to critical acclaim.

The blurb on the book on Amazon says:

"In this first-ever showcase of his work, Gregory Heisler, one of professional photography's most respected practitioners, shares 50 iconic portraits of celebrities, athletes, and world leaders, along with fascinating, thoughtful, often humorous stories about how the images were made. From his famously controversial portrait of President George H.W. Bush (which led to the revocation of Heisler’s White House clearance) to his evocative post-9/11 Time magazine cover of Rudolph Giuliani, to stunning portraits of Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps, Muhammad Ali, and many more, Heisler reveals the creative and technical processes that led to each frame. For Heisler’s fans and all lovers of photography,Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits offers not only a gorgeous collection of both black-and-white and color portraits, but an engrossing look at the rarely seen art of a master photographer at work. With a foreword by New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg".

The following is a full-length video from the Ilford Blog of a lecture held in February, 2013 in New York in which Greg appeared and spoke at a special one-day exhibition of forty-three large prints from his new book. Enjoy..

See Greg's website here.

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