Friday 23 June 2017

Irish female tech workers celebrated in new photo exhibition

Aine Munroe
Aine Munroe
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A Dublin-based photographer who sold a photo of a potato for €1m last year has unveiled a series of portraits of Irish women in technology.

Kevin Abosch’s exhibition called ‘Women: Tech’ features portraits of female workers and executives who work for Intel in Ireland.

Mr Abosch, who is also the creator of an iPhone camera app called Lenka and the data security company Kwikdesk, said that the idea for the female portraits came from a conversation with James Whelton, the founder of youth-coding organisation, CoderDojo.

Mr Whelton said that participation by girls in Coderdojo classes “fell sharply” at the age of 12.

Anita Early
Anita Early

“Something happens culturally to cause these young women to fall out from technology at a young age,” said Mr Abosch.

He said that his portrait images, which “depict those that persevered in technology and who happen to be women, is an important celebration and acknowledgement of the part that these people went on to play in their respective fields”.

“The images seek to role model the path of women in technology and in doing so may inspire young people to one day see themselves in those roles.”

The portraits are to be displayed for a number of months in one of the buildings at Intel’s giant campus in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Ciara Loftus
Ciara Loftus

“I hope that by sharing these images here onsite that we can create a conversation and think differently about where we work, why we are here and how we value everyone in our workforce,” said Intel Ireland’s HR director, Anne Kelleher.

“These images are role models for other technical women and for those that will come to work here in the years ahead.”

Kevin Abosch’s work can be found in many global private and public collections of contemporary art, including the National Museum of Ireland which acquired three of his works for their permanent collection.

From 2010 to 2014, Mr Abosch exhibited 250 large portraits at Dublin Airport. In 2013, his work was exhibited across 24 electronic billboards in New York City’s Times Square.

In 2016, his portrait of an Irish potato ("Potato #345") made headlines across the world as one of the most expensive photos ever purchased. It was bought by a private collector for €1m.

Karen Doyle
Karen Doyle

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