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The tender age of just 19, Molly Keane is already an accomplished internationally-known photographer. 

The Donegal native was sitting studying for her leaving cert when she got a call that would set her career in motion. She was one of 12 contestants selected for the Sky Arts Master of Photography competition. 

"When I applied I thought I didn't have a hope. To be picked out of 10,000 entries from across Europe was amazing. I moved to Rome to take part, it was a bit mad- I even missed my mocks!

“It was an absolutely amazing experience.”

Thanks to the publicity and recognition from the competition, Molly was able to move to Dublin last summer to begin her career as a professional photographer. She now works with portraits, live music and conceptual photos. 

 

'Green Dream' (2018) #portrait #selfportrait 35mm #me

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As a young Irish woman, it was inevitable that she would get involved with the campaign to repeal the Eighth. 

“I’ve always been pro-choice. It might not be for me personally but I would never take that choice away from another woman.  Having children is a personal choice, and not one that I’d ever make for another woman. The eighth amendment makes getting help during crises pregnancies a lot hard than it needs to be.”

Using her photography skills to encourage "difficult conversations", she gathered inspiration from the well-know photo-blog, Humans of New York. 

“I’ve always loved the idea of Humans of New York. Putting faces and words to big issues really personalises them. I wanted to do my bit with photography and social media to promote the Yes vote.”

As part of the series, Molly has photographed an "eclectic" mix of people, from men, to grandparents, to young mothers and people with disabilities. She also snapped big-name Irish celebrities such as Jack Gleeson, director Lenny Abrahamson and musicians May Kay from Le Galaxie and Faye O'Rourke of Little Green Cars.

“There are so many different reasons to vote yes. That’s why I made a specific effort to photograph people from all different ages and genders. No two women are the same, and neither are their reasons for wanting repeal.”

But perhaps the most compelling portrait she's captured was her first, of her own mother. 

“When the repeal debate first started, mum wasn't really sure about repealing. After lots and lots of difficult conversations I could start to see where she was coming from. She had never experienced a crises pregnancy; myself and my brothers had been planned and wanted. She never had any difficulties during pregnancy that so many women have. She realised that she came from a privileged position. Eventually we came to a level of understanding, she’s the first portrait I captured for the series.”

In the run up to the most divisive vote in Ireland's recent history, it can be all too easy to forget the real people affected by the eighth amendment. Molly's fabulous portraits remind us to humanise the debate. Take a look at some of our favourites here:

"Although personally, abortion is never something I would choose for myself, I am very pro-choice because I understand that even if you are against abortion, it’s going to happen. Anyone with half a brain can see the impact it has on women; the awful effect the 8th amendment has and the trauma and shame it creates in this country"- Elena 

 

"The 8th should never have been put in our constitution. It makes Irish women less safe and less free, and blocks progress towards laws based on rationality and compassion rather than superstition and the impulse to control"- Lenny Abrahamson. Director of Room, Frank, What Richard Did and Garage

 

 

‘It’s often assumed that disabled people are inherently anti-choice. People with disabilities are being used as an argument against repealing the 8th. I’m pro-choice because people should have the freedom to make their own decision. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done as far as respecting people with intellectual and physical disabilities, and I don’t see the anti-choice side offering any of that. Young girls with intellectual disabilities who have been abused can’t access abortions here and have been forced to carry a child to term. I do think that there’s a lack of respect towards people with disabilities from the pro-life side. We’re being used as props in this referendum. People need proper access to reproductive health around their disability. At the end of the day, it’s sick, poor and disabled women who suffer most under the 8th. The most sensible thing to do is to trust women, because there are so many complicated issues when it comes to healthcare. It’s a doctors job to help people and save peoples lives but the 8th amendment handcuffs them. The burden of the 8th falls on marginalised people, including women with disabilities often. I really hope that Ireland stands up and votes for Repeal, it’s long overdue.’ (HUMANS OF REPEAL, Ferdia) #HumansOfRepeal #Together4Yes #TogetherForYes #RepealThe8th #Repealproject #Portrait #YesforRepeal #portraitpage #politics #ireland #dublin #postthepeople #theguardian #tpj #woman #womensrights #feminism #photojournalism #35mm #abortionrights #analog #analoguevibes #trustwomen #REPEAL #HONY #8thref #Documentary #abortionreferendum

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"It’s often assumed that disabled people are inherently anti-choice. People with disabilities are being used as an argument against repealing the 8th. I’m pro-choice because people should have the freedom to make their own decision. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done as far as respecting people with intellectual and physical disabilities, and I don’t see the anti-choice side offering any of that.

"Young girls with intellectual disabilities who have been abused can’t access abortions here and have been forced to carry a child to term. I do think that there’s a lack of respect towards people with disabilities from the pro-life side. We’re being used as props in this referendum.

"People need proper access to reproductive health around their disability. At the end of the day, it’s sick, poor and disabled women who suffer most under the 8th.

"The most sensible thing to do is to trust women, because there are so many complicated issues when it comes to healthcare. It’s a doctors job to help people and save peoples lives but the 8th amendment handcuffs them. The burden of the 8th falls on marginalised people, including women with disabilities often. I really hope that Ireland stands up and votes for Repeal, it’s long overdue"- Ferdia

 

"I think in this day and age every woman should have the right to decide what they do with their own body"- Peggy

Follow Humans of Repeal here

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Tributes have been pouring in from models, designers and celebrities alike, who are all mourning the loss of a fashion industry legend.

The world famous fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, passed away on Saturday aged 87 in New York, following a stroke.

 

I was so sad yesterday to hear of the passing of the legendary, Bill Cunningham. Here's a little story… I watched a documentary about this iconic NY street style photographer, called "Bill Cunningham New York" last year (a must see if you're into fashion, btw). I was so taken by this sweet man & his commitment to his art… you can't help but fall in love with him. All I could think after watching was, I want to be photographed by Bill! How cool would that be?! A few months later I was in NYC for fashion week. I stepped out of my car at the DVF show & photographers started snapping shots. I was so distracted by what was happening in front of me, that I didn't realize there was a familiar face in a familiar blue jacket taking pictures to my left. My stylist Madison (who is equally obsessed with Bill) gets my attention amidst the chaos & points at sweet Bill. What happened next was completely unexpected. I saw him, freaked out & excitedly screamed "BILLLL!!!". I'm pretty sure I startled him & he shyly smiled & took some pictures of me. A wave of emotion came over me & I started to cry. I tried to hide my tears of joy as I posed for a few more shots, hoping that people wouldn't notice. I made my way over to Bill & told him how much I loved him & asked for a picture. He was so adorable & kind & gentle. #RIP #BillCunningham It was an honor to have met you & to have been photographed by you. I hope wherever you are, you still have that camera of yours. 

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Cunningham is famous for saying ‘he who seeks beauty will find it’ and this could not be more true to fact when looking at his work. He had an eye for the magnificent, and a flair for the fabulous. We have Bill Cunningham for the idyllic street style that New York is famous for. 

Bill Cunningham

He will be missed by all lovers of fashion and photography. Rest in Peace you wonderfully talented man. 

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The internet is evidently a constant source of celebrity: bolstered by the likes of Instagram and Snapchat, we all now have a wealth of famous faces at our finger-tips.

But access to big names is a notoriously mixed bag.

Who would have thought, for example, that Rihanna and Beyonce are so happy to be photographed, while Blake Lively is somewhat more aloof?

That's not all that Big Apple-based paparazzo Miles Diggs, who runs 247Paps.TV with his business partner, Cesar Peña, revealed in conversation with the New York Post.

In fact, he laid bare the celebs that he and his ilk love to snap… and the ones they definitely don't…

 

The stars paps love:

1) Taylor Swift: “The smartest businesswoman in the business.” Her bodyguards arrange all the paps in a line outside her front door so everyone gets a clear shot when she enters and exits in immaculate outfits. “If you don’t get eye contact, your camera wasn’t working.”

2) Kim Kardashian: “She’s top of the food chain,” with even nonexclusive shots of Mrs West worth $300 to $1,000. Plus, she gets a majority cut of exclusive photos she sets up with photo agencies. “She’s trying to coach [half-sister] Kylie to give up photos more because the family needs somebody out there while she’s on maternity leave.”

3) Nicki Minaj: “When she’s feeling herself, she’s going to walk out and walk real slow, almost do a pose like a red carpet on the middle of the sidewalk.” Shots of Minaj wearing colored wigs and cartoon-style outfits are easier to sell.

4) Rihanna: A favorite. Friendly, always impeccably dressed and down to earth. She hangs out at restaurants and bars without security, and often into the wee hours. “She’s an eight-hour wait waiting to happen.”

5) Beyoncé: “She’s great if she wants to be shot and bad if she doesn’t.” Her bodyguard is known for having the longest arms around, perfect for blocking a shot Bey doesn’t want.

 

…And those they don’t:

1) Leonardo DiCaprio: “He hates being a celebrity.” He hides his face behind umbrellas or under beanies, berets, beards and sunglasses.

2) Scarlett Johansson: “She’s like a female Leo . . . She’s one of the best at spotting paparazzi. Her hand goes up, and she puts scarves in front of her.”

3) Alec Baldwin: The notoriously prickly actor has attacked and insulted paparazzi before, but Diggs and Peña say it always seems linked to an upcoming film, play or wedding. “Everything is timely with him. He’s a very calculating guy.”

4) Kristen Stewart: Used to bolt when cameras were near. “I’ve never seen a human being run as fast as Kristen Stewart.” But she wasn’t fast enough to escape the shot of her making out with married director Rupert Sanders, which ruined her relationship with Robert Pattinson (not to mention his marriage to Liberty Ross). She now has a publicist and is more willing to be photographed.

5) Blake Lively: “She pretends to be a sweetheart,” but Mrs Ryan Reynolds is notoriously hard to find, and if she knows a pap has snapped her, she’ll arrange her own photos and release them for free.

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Photographer Terry Richardson has come under much scrutiny over the past few months with many claims from models and other sources that he is a “pervert” and stories of things that have happened on photoshoots.

Terry wrote a piece entitled ‘Correcting the Rumours’ which was printed in full by The Huffington Post on Friday hoping to clear his name and allow people a glimpse into the type of photographer that he is.

“Four years ago, I chose to primarily ignore a cycle of internet gossip and false accusation against me … when these allegations resurfaced over the past few months, they seemed especially vicious and distorted … an emotionally charged witch hunt.”

“I have come to relaise that absent my voice in the conversation, all that remains are lies.”

The photographer has shot many famous faces from Miranda Kerr, Jared Leto to Obama and even directed Miley’s infamous ‘Wrecking Ball’ video.

Terry finished the piece saying: “I can only hope for this discourse to be informed by fact, so that whether yo love my work, or hate it, you give it, and me, the benefit of the truth.”

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