About Enda Cavanagh
Enda Cavanagh is a multi-award winning professional architecture and landscape photographer based in Dublin. Enda’s photographic work stands out as fresh, unique, and very contemporary, with crisp clarity and explosions of detail that breaks down the barrier between viewer and artwork.
Enda’s approach frames the beauty of landscapes and the classical lines of architecture in a refreshing, immersive experience. His previous career in architecture and his superior technical skill with the camera allows him to create vivid images in super-high definition that transport the viewer to a place of serenity, right at the heart of the location of the scene.
With long experience in architecture and a deep knowledge of photography, Enda is able to quickly realise his client’s creative vision, and is adept at collaborating with designers, architects, and art buyers.
His fine art and architecture photography is suited for individual buyers as well as organisations, and his prints are available in a variety of sizes and framing styles to suit all budgets.
Enda is originally from a Parish in County Sligo, and has been based in Dublin for many years. He spent 16 years in the architectural industry, but has always been drawn to photography since his youth. Initially drawn to landscape photography, his professional background paved the way for his additional expertise in architecture photography He became a full-time professional architectural and fine art landscape photographer in 2008.
His childhood in rural Ireland forged an unbreakable bond between him and the land, and it is with this connection that he approaches his landscape photography. After living and working for years in Berlin, one of his favourite cities, he returned to Ireland and chose Dun Laoghaire, near the sea in Dublin, as his base. From there, he explores manmade structures and their coexistence with the environment.
The architectural influence is clearly visible in his photography: with his technical skill and experience in multiple disciplines, Enda’s able to capture, reveal, and communicate the subtle patterns, shapes, and forms of nature in his landscape photography and the classical lines of beauty in man-made objects. These are displayed as evolving, and almost living, entities with their own personalities, where the past and present are unified.
Enda is an associate member of the Irish Professional Photographer’s Association. In 2011, he became the first photographer in Europe to receive a Qualified European Photographer by the Federation of European Photographers in the category of fine art landscape.
Landscape and Architecture Photography
Enda regularly finds himself photographing landscapes that show evidence of man’s existence and his impact on the land.
His vision of the Irish Landscape allows Enda to draw dramatic parallels between the subjects of his work and their surroundings. Many of his images also feature man-made objects that, over time, have themselves become part of the landscape. Enda appreciates how essential the presence of man is to our understanding of our environment, and he seeks to capture the tension implicit in the emergence of beauty from the detritus of our existence.
He challenges our comprehension of beauty by asking us, at what point does age become attractive? Enda helps us to perceive the dynamic nature of the country we inhabit and casts a cold, challenging eye upon the traditional interpretations of the Irish Landscape.
Much influenced by the cinema, Enda often uses the panoramic format to add epic character and clarity to images. His aim is always to transport and connect the viewer to the location where the photograph was taken.
This connection is taken to it’s maximum effect with Enda’s current forest series. These images result in a 260 megapixel medium format camera file. The viewer becomes truly immersed in these epic scenes when they’re printed at an almost lifelike scale, using the highest quality printing techniques on the market.
“I’m drawn in particular to the rugged beauty of Ireland, and discover there a great sense of peace. I appreciate how essential the presence of man is to our understanding of our environment and seek to capture the tension implicit in the emergence of beauty from the detritus of our existence. My photography aims to reflect the inherent drama and melancholy of the Irish landscape. It shows the dynamic and transitive nature of our relationship with our environment, and reveals the connections between our constructions and the contours that give them context.”
Professional memberships & awards
Enda Cavanagh is an associate member of the Irish Professional Photographers’ Association (IPPA). and has become one of the leading architecture and fine art landscape photographers in Ireland. In 2011 he became the first photographer in Europe to receive a QEP (Qualified European Photographer) by the Federation of European Photographers in the category of fine art landscape.
The Irish Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) Awards:
- Architecture photographer of the year (2011, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022)
- Commercial photographer of the year (2015, 2018)
- Landscape photographer of the year (2017)
- Fine art photographer of the year (2016)
- People’s Choice awards (2016)
- Best single architecture image (2014, 2015)
- Best single pictorial/fine art image (2012)
- Best single landscape image ( 2010)
Federation of European Photographers Awards:
- European Commercial photographer of the year (2019)
- Finalist, Fine Art Photograph of the Year (2010)
- Finalist, Photographer of the Year for architecture and commercial work (2014, 2015)
Business to Art (BTA):
- Jim McNaughton Perpetual Award’ for Best Commissioning of an Artist (2013)
World Photographic Cup
- Finalist, World Photographic Cup (2014, 2015)
Enda Cavanagh has exhibited in several galleries, including the Centre of Photographic Art in Carmel California, the IEPA Photography exhibitions in Japan, the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, and Copper House Gallery in Dublin.
2017 | The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
“Horse Rugs, Stud Farm 1” was exhibited in the 2017 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition.
2015 | The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
“Animal Feed No.3” was exhibited in the 2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition.
2012 | Duality: first solo exhibition in the Copper House Gallery
The Copper House Gallery launched Duality, a photographic exhibition of my work on 24th October 2012. Duality is based on a series of large panoramic images celebrating the swimming areas and baths along the Dublin coast. Senator John Crown opened the exhibition and I a donated a piece to cancer research which was auctioned off at a charity event. You can see my Duality Piece Collection here in my Online Store.
2011 | Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition in Carmel California
“Lough Easkey, County Sligo 2” was exhibited in the 2011 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition in Carmel California. It was one of 48 images, chosen for selection from a submission of 1290. The exhibition was open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, working in all still photographic media from around the world.
2011 | The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
“3 Stages at the Blackrock Swimming Baths” was exhibited in the 2011 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition. The photo was part of the Duality project focusing on the coast along Dublin City.
2011 | IEPA Photography exhibition in Niigata, Japan
“Lough Easkey, County Sligo 2” was again exhibited recently in the 2nd IEPA Photography Exhibition, which was held in Niigata, Japan. The exhibition consisted of works from 111 photographers from 37 countries, each of which exhibited a single piece of work. The purpose of the exhibition was to communicate the message of environmental conservation.
2010 | The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
Enda’s photo “Lough Easkey, County Sligo 2” was exhibited in the 2011 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition in Carmel California. It was one of 48 images, chosen for selection from a submission of 1,290. The exhibition was open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, working in all still photographic media from around the world.
2009 | IEPA Photography exhibition in Sado island Japan
Enda's photo “Lough Easkey, County Sligo 2” was exhibited in the first IEPA Photography Exhibition in Sado island Japan.
“Enda has successfully photographed a number of residential interior architectural projects with us. He was very accommodating in taking on board our desired aesthetic for each shoot whilst also staying true to his own photographical style (which we love!)
His approach to each project is meticulously thought through, he covers not just the photography on the day but how the images will benefit our websites in the long term and has very kindly given us great tips to further improve their performance.
We often need a quick turn around on the image release and he is always very obliging in getting the proofs to us expeditiously.
Working with Enda is always fun and professional! ”
Michelle and Richard
Realm Concepts / Bulthaup Hanover Quay
“Enda’s creativity and passion is captured in images that are not only powerful but wonderfully evocative. Two exquisite examples of his work have become part of my home. Even a fleeting glance makes me stop and immerse myself in the beauty and intensity of their composition. They depict familiar settings, capturing the essence of my childhood, but with an entirely fresh approach. Thanks Enda, your photographs will always be cherished in our home.”
"I absolutely enjoyed looking through all of the beautiful landscape photos Enda has on the website...so many options! Do I want black and white? Color? Beach shot? Farm scene? I finally decided on a gorgeous black and white beach shot, purchased through PayPal and received the framed, signed photo the next week. Shopping was pleasant, shipping was easy and the finished product was exactly what I wanted."
San Diego, USA
“It was a pleasure working with Enda. We wanted to bring a sense of movement and life into our scheme and Enda’s photographs were ideal, beautifully capturing the beauty of the Irish landscape. Everyone who visits our scheme always comments on his pieces in particular the large wall mounted forest piece Gougane Barra Forest 2 in the reception which is a real stand out piece. We would definitely recommend Enda’s work.”
Senior Asset Manager at Kennedy Wilson, Dublin
“My family and I really appreciate the lovely photo's that we have gotten from you and have recommended your website to friends. Keep up the good work and we will be back for more soon. Thanks again.”
"Enda has a very special talent - he can transform any average looking landscape into a breathtaking work of art. I have no idea how he does it, but every time we work with him, his results exceed all expectations. He works quickly and efficiently, is passionate about what he does, and is always a pleasure to work with, therefore we have no hesitation in recommending him and working with him on any relevant future projects."
Design Director, Twelve Studio, London, England
"We recently acquired some of Enda’s photographs for our new office. It was difficult to choose 4 of his stunning photographs but Enda was very helpful and patient while we made our choice. The photographs arrived very quickly after our order and were beautifully framed. His work is a pleasure to look at and he’s a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend."
Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland) Ltd
"Have just received Enda's beautifully framed photograph. The detail and colour captured in the photograph reflects so well the west of Ireland and it will take pride of place in my home. Hope to see more of the west of Ireland in your portfolio in the future."
"I just wish to let you know how very happy I am with the two photos I purchased from you. They stand out brilliantly in my dining room and they have been much admired by Guests visiting my home. Some have thought they are paintings rather than photographs. The frames are superb also. I congratulate you on the outstanding quality of your work and in due course I hope to make further purchases. I wish you every success and in your case it would be well deserved."
"For me Enda captures the true essence of Ireland. His photo gives me a window to my favorite place, draws me in and I never fail to stop and look as I pass. Having fallen in love with my one photo, I was delighted to be able to bring home a whole book of beautiful photos. Enda's Irish Landscape is a true delight, page after page of glorious photographs, a true reflection of Ireland."
"I have just received my large photograph of Blackrock mounted on acrylic and I love it. Very much admired by all my friends. It's like a movie screen-almost 3D. Thanks Enda"
"I'm proud to have the two photographs of the Forty Foot here at home in the warmer south. They are absolutely perfect for me: as memory of a place I love and as a dream of what it is when no one is there. You can smell the sea and feel the wind looking at them. Thank you Enda for your great work."
"We moved to Canada 5 years ago and love to have reminders in our home of where we grew up. Enda's photos of Ireland perfectly capture the beauty of Ireland, and are exquisit pieces of art. I ordered a limited edition print online for my husband's birthday and he was delighted! Enda was quick to respond to my request, was very customer focused, the print was delivered within a week of ordering with a authenticity certificate, and the quality was incredible. I will definitely be building up my collection of art from Enda Cavanagh."
“I just want to say a huge thank you for all your help and hard work in getting those fantastic photos to my client. The client and her guests absolutely loved your images. They really were so delighted with them and couldn't wait to get them home. The way you handled all those last minute changes was fantastic. You really made ordering a large number of different images so easy for me. You were a dream to work with. Looking forward to working with you again in the future.”
“I recently purchased one of Enda's landscape pictures for my partner. He loved it almost as much as I did! Enda's work is moving, personal and beautifully finished. He has a keen eye for detail and, like the other Kavanagh, sees the beauty in everyday life.”
Enda has been providing Henry J Lyons with images of our work in his inimitable style for almost 15 years., His previous life in architecture formed his deep understanding of form
construction and detail. while his genius for light, composition and colour informs his creative interpretations of concept and context.
Enda is a joy to work with and we look forward to partnering with him in recording our latest series of projects now nearing completion.
Director - Henry J. Lyons Architects
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