General Practice is an exhibition of photographs by Fionn McCann on display at the Gallery of Photography Ireland from 16 May – 27 May 2012. The launch event will take place on 15 May at 6.30pm. General Practice highlights the vital role of GPs in contemporary Irish society, providing a glimpse into the usually private interactions between GP and patient. In colour and black-and-white photographs, Fionn McCann captures the trials, tribulations and sometimes humour of these encounters.
Through the sensitivity of McCann’s lens, the frontline work of GPs is revealed in all its diversity. In the consulting room or on home visits, the GP may be called upon to medicate, to perform procedures or simply to explain and reassure. Above all, the confessional quality of the patient-GP encounter, where listening to the patient’s concerns is of prime importance, is underlined.
This exhibition marks the closing event of the tercentenary celebrations of the Medical School of Trinity College Dublin. It is the inspiration of the Professor of General Practice, Tom O’Dowd who commissioned Fionn McCann as photographer. The images were made between 2008 and 2011, and document a series of patients’ visits to six General Practitioners throughout Ireland. The GPs and the featured patients gave permission to have McCann present during these normally private encounters and the project was ethically approved by the Irish College of General Practitioners.
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