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Regarded as the face of amateur photography in Ireland for the last 35 years, Dundalk man Sean Casey has retired after serving more than three decades at the forefront of the Irish Photographic Federation.
As one of the founding members of the Federation in 1976, Sean has served at the helm of the organisation for more than three decades promoting the field of Irish amateur photography, both nationally and internationally.
Having served as National Secretary for many of those years and also as past President, Sean is now retiring from the national council of the Federation.
Sean was instrumental in developing the IPF and building contacts with other international photographic organisations, including FIAP, the international federation of photographic art (Federation Internationale de L’Art Photographique).
The Dundalk photographer first picked up a camera at the age of 10 when as a boy scout he got to grips with a basic scout troop camera.
It wasn’t long, however, before he got his first proper camera, a Decora, and since then he developed a keen eye for capturing the essence of everyday life through his documentary style.His passionate pursuit of photography has seen Sean attain several achievements and accolades at national, European and international level. In addition to his fellowship of the IPF, Sean has also been awarded a number of prestigious FIAP distinctions (MFIAP, Honorary EFIAP) and his work has also been exhibited around the world.
Sean was also one of the first to introduce digital photography to Ireland and while much of what he shoots today is with his digital Nikon D700, he still enjoys shooting with film. Now at 76-years young, Sean is stepping back from the IPF but he is not laying down his camera lens yet. To mark the significant contribution that Sean has made to Irish photography over the past three decades and more the IPF held a special ceremony last weekend in recognition of his achievements.
The event was held during the weekend of the National League Finals, which took place in Athlone, and many friends from far and near joined Sean for what was a very special night. Sean will be sorely missed by his many friends in the photographic world and he is wished all the best in his retirement.