Enda Bowe's work is concerned with storytelling and the search for light and beauty in the ordinary. He presents his work through exhibition and the publication of photographic monographs.
Influences in his work include writers John McGahern and Carson McCullers, poet Liz Berry, and directors Lynne Ramsey, Eve Arnold, Lenny Abrahamson, and Shane Meadows.
"I had the great pleasure and good fortune of meeting Enda Bowe around the time ‘Adam & Paul’ came out. He got in touch because he liked the film and felt a kinship there with his own work. I remember the feeling when he shared his images with me - just an awareness of depth and truth and above all a kind of perfect tender empathy and humanity. I’ve returned to his photographs often, when I feel the need to be reminded of that extraordinary relationship that can exist between the looker and the looked-at. Enda’s subjects are responding to him as a very special, deeply empathetic human being and somehow his camera captures that response and with it something essential about that person.”
Lenny Abrahamson, 2020
To date Bowe’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum , London, Red Hook Gallery, New York, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery, London, Fotohof, Salzburg, Dortmund U, Dortmund, The Gallery of Photography, Dublin and The Visual Centre Of Contemporary Art, Ireland.
Bowe won the Zürich Portrait Prize 2019, National Gallery, Ireland. He received the Taylor Wessing Portrait Second Prize on consecutive years, 2018 and 2019, National Portrait Gallery, London.
His collection of work ‘At Mirrored River’ received the international Solas Photography Award 2015 and was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award 2016 and the Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize 2016.
Bowe’s first monograph 'Kilburn Cherry' published by J&J Books received the Birgit Skiold Artist Award 2014, Whitechapel Gallery London.
In self-publishing the photobook ‘At Mirrored River’ the artist was kindly supported by the Victoria & Albert Museum, director Ken Loach and writer Colm Toibín. This book coincided with the exhibition of ‘At Mirrored River’ at The Visual Centre of Contemporary Art, Ireland which ran from 2nd July to 16th October 2016.
His third monograph "This Thing I Want. I Know Not What', inspired by Carson McCuller's "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was published by Paper Tiger Books in Sept 2018.
Love’s Fire Song is currently on show at The Gallery of Photography Ireland and the Love’s Fire Song publication was published by Blue Swallow Books. The exhibition runs to Nov 14th, 2020.
Bowe recently worked with Lenny Abrahamson on the acclaimed tv series Normal People, and will be collaborating again on Abrahamson’s next project Conversations With Friendsin summer 2021.
Enda is a committed artist who approaches both commissioned and personal projects with the same passion, dedication and attention to detail. He is from Ireland and lives and works in London.