04 July 2011

Giles Norman, one of Ireland’s leading photographers, has opened a new gallery in Killarney. Specialising in the art of black and white photography, the new Plunkett St gallery is Giles’ first expansion into Kerry.

Born in 1961 to Belgian and English parents, Giles has been living in Kinsale since 1976 where he runs a hugely successful gallery with his wife Catherine. His foray into photography happened by chance as a teenager when he was asked to photograph a school project.

This experience with a camera realised Giles’ talent and potential as a photographer and in 1981 he began creating his first portfolios. Today, Giles’s unique style of photography is recognised throughout the world. His portfolios incorporate stunning imagery of Ireland’s rugged rural landscape from the tip of the Beara Peninsula, to the edges of Connemara and north to Donegal. His international portfolios capture iconic images of New York, Paris and Italy in a fresh, new compelling way.

Commenting at the official opening of the new Killarney gallery Giles said "I’m delighted to expand the business in to Kerry, it is something that we have aspired to do for quite some time. This county has been a huge source of inspiration for me over the years with its outstanding scenery and rugged landscape; it really is a feast for the eyes.

In fact, one of our most successful pieces was actually photographed in Kerry. The Curious Cow was taken during a trip to Valentia Island in 1994. I was taking some shots of the old stone building when a cow peeped its head around the corner of, as if to see what was going on. It was perfect timing and made for a really interesting photograph".

The new gallery, at 4 Plunkett Street, Killarney is open every day from 10am to 6 pm (Sunday and Monday) and 10am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday and will create 3 jobs in the town initially.  For further information on Giles Norman photography visit