As part of the original team at the iconic UK magazine Dazed & Confused (now published as ‘Dazed’), Deirdre’s passion for music instinctively steered her career to shoot artwork and press materials for all of the major record companies, including Warner Music, Beggars Group, Domino, Universal Music Group & Warp. Following this Deirdre began working with artists such as The National, U2, Laura Marling, Damon Albarn, De La Soul, Peaches, Gang Starr, Alex Turner, Josh Homme & Grinderman.
In addition, her commercial and editorial work includes clients such as Samsung, Yamaha, Adidas, LVMH, Nokia, The Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vogue, GQ, The Guardian Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde, Esquire and Another Magazine.
Throughout her career as a photographer, Deirdre has also undertaken a number of personal independent photographic projects. Her first book, Hide That Can, was the culmination of four years spent photographing the men of Arlington House, a hostel in Camden, London. Hide That Can was awarded Book of the Year by both the International Center of Photography in New York and Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.
During 2003 - 2009, I spent time living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, working on a photographic project about the hotel. Throughout this time, I developed relationships with staff and the hotel’s long term residents, who graciously welcomed me into their unique living spaces and shared their stories and insights into this landmark hotel. Shot over the final six years of its independent management, this project turned out to be a portrait of the end of an era. This work will be published to coincide with the opening of the renovated hotel.
In 2011, Deirdre began a photographic and interview book project - The Drum Thing - featuring 100 of the most unique and established drummers in the world today, including: Tony Allen of Fela Kuti and Damon Albarn collaborations, Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Questlove of The Roots, Neil Peart of Rush, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Ginger Baker of Cream, Zach Hill of Death Grips, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Jaki Liebezeit of Can.
The Drum Thing was published to considerable critical acclaim, by Prestel, in Autumn 2016, and was featured by numerous publications, including New York Times, The Guardian Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wired, Another Magazine, and Dazed. Deirdre was interviewed extensively about The Drum Thing, with appearances on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM Radio Show, The Dave Fanning Show on RTE 2fm and Culture File on Lyric FM.
More recently, Deirdre began a working relationship with WeTransfer, for whom she produced and directed a short film about musician and activist, Kiran Gandhi for International Women’s Day. For her latest project with WeTransfer, Deirdre produced and directed a photographic and short film project focusing on the homeless community on Skid Row, Downtown Los Angeles. Many of the people living there experience hardship struggling with homelessness, addiction and mental health issues, but all of them appear to find incredible solace in music, which is the driving narrative behind this film. The aim of this work is to humanise and give voice to their stories, but also to raise awareness of the dire situations and challenges they experience on a daily basis. In association with WeTransfer, we will raise funds for organizations that help this community. This film will be released in November 2018.
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