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.
Over the course of the following five years, Deirdre spent time living at the legendary Chelsea Hotel, in New York, where she photographed and interviewed its colourful residents during the declining years of its original management. This will be her next published book. 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: James Gadson, Tony Allen of Fela Kuti and Damon Albarn collaborations, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, Steve Gadd (Chick Corea, Paul Simon, James Taylor), Josh Freese of Nine Inch Nails and Devo, Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Larry Mullen of U2, Jim Keltner of hit record session acclaim, Travis Barker of Blink 182, Questlove of The Roots, Jack White of The Dead Weather, Neil Peart of Rush, Stewart Copeland of The Police, John Densmore of The Doors, Ginger Baker of Cream, Zach Hill of Death Grips, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, John Coltrane), Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, Sly Dunbar (Grace Jones, Peter Tosh) and Jaki Liebezeit of Can.
The Drum Thing was published to considerable critical acclaim, by Prestel, in Fall 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, The Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk and Luke Clancy’s 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, and raise awareness of the dire situations and challenges they experience on a daily basis, and in association with WeTransfer, to raise funds for organizations that help this community.
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