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Hugh O'Conor, Irish, b.1975
Title: Sinéad O'Connor - 8 Good Reasons
Date: 2014
Medium: Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle fine art fibre based lustre paper
Dimensions:
Image: 62.7 × 59.7 cm
71 × 76 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2023
Object Number: NGI.2023.33
DescriptionThis image was taken, using a Hasselblad 500c camera with Kodak Portra 400 film, during the shooting of the music video for Sinead O'Connor's single 8 Good Reasons in 2014. The photographer wrote: "I took this photo of Sinéad near her home in Bray while we were making her video for '8 Good Reasons' in late 2014. It was a very personal song, and we filmed on an old bus that she said really reminded her of her childhood. We shot some of the video in slo-mo, so she had to sing along to a comically fast version of the track. I'll never forget her breaking up laughing as she tried to keep up - then, of course, she did it brilliantly" (Hugh O'Conor, 2023). The clear winter light gives the photograph a heightened realism and immediacy and highlight's the singer's love of costume as the light draws attention to her leather trousers and priest's garb. This print is #1 in an edition of 10.

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