Orla Fitzpatrick

Orla Fitzpatrick is a librarian and photographic historian from Dublin, Ireland. She holds a PhD on the topic of the Irish photographic book, modernity and modernism, 1922-1949, from Ulster University (2016). She teaches photographic history at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and is the Head Librarian at the National Museum of Ireland. Recent publications include an entry on the nineteenth Irish photographer, Augusta Crofton Dillon, in Une histoire mondiale des femmes photographes edited by Luce Lebart and Marie Robert (Paris, Les Éditions Textual, 2020) and a chapter in Contact Zones: Photography, Migration, and Cultural Encounters in the U.S. (Leuven University Press/Cornell University Press, 2021) on a migrant Irish woman’s snapshot album. She presented a conference paper entitled ‘Turning the Tide: photographs of protest from the archive of Rose Comiskey, 1982 to 1992’ at Fast Forward: How Women Work at the Tate Modern, London, in November 2019. She is a receipient of the 2021 Peter E. Palmquist memorial research for grant women in photography.


Comiskey’s protest photos document how the Irish went to the streets to fight for women’s and minorities rights.


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