Denis Mortell is a Photographer, based in Dublin, Ireland. He has been photographing Fine Art and Design, in addition to Interiors/Exteriors and Food for over 30 years.
He has worked for all of the major fine art institutions in Ireland, as well as commercial galleries, public bodies, individual artists, commercial organisations, hotels, and magazines. A selection of his clients may be viewed here
One of his specialities is fine art documentation for museums, galleries (both public and private), publishing houses, as well as individual artists. His work in this area may be seen in dozens of publications, a small selection of which are listed on the Publications page.
He has also documented almost the entire collections of both the Arts Council and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in addition to executing much of the new photography in the Yale series on the Art and Architecture of Ireland published in 2014.
Both his professional and creative photographic practice is underpinned by a long-standing academic interest in art history and theory. In 1991 he graduated from the School of Art History in University College, Dublin with an M.A. Qualifier (First Class Honours). In 2015, he was awarded a First Class Honours M.A. by the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, in their Master’s program Art in the Contemporary World for which he created the exhibition Stations of Indifference
In 2017, he participated in the group exhibition, “NEU-GEN 2017: Towards Both the Parts”, at the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Dublin.
His personal work is informed by an interest, technically and conceptually, in German photography and, in particular, the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher and their typological approach to subject matter; in addition to that of some of their pupils such as, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte and Andres Gursky. He is also influenced by the work of American photographers such as Stephen Shore, Irving Penn, Bill Jacobson and James Welling. Thematically, his work explores chance, time, decay and frontality amongst other things.