Darek Fortas' official portrait (2018)

Darek Fortas' official portrait (2018)

Darek Fortas is a Polish/Irish photographer based in London. 

He graduated from Fine Art Photography at Royal College of Art. His photographs have been exhibited internationally.

Fortas' practice can be characterised as consisting of a combination of fieldwork and constructed studio practice and both of a very formal aesthetic rigour.

He is interested in creating socially engaged and visually innovative projects which accentuate potential of photographic form to function as a mode of deconstruction, the role of photographic image in distribution of power in the state and subversive value of lens-based mode of enquiry.

In 2014, Darek Fortas was announced the recipient of the Camera Clara Prize initiated by The Fondation Grésigny in Paris, other major awards include: RUA RED Solo Exhibition Award (2016), Travel and Training Award Bursary (2015) and Visual Arts Project Award by the Arts Council of Ireland (2013), Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant (2014) and Propeller Fine Art Award (2011). He has also been shortlisted for MAC International 2014 Art Prize as a part of MAC International 2014 Biennial (2014), Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Photography Bursary, BMW Residency Award at Musée Nicéphore Niépce and The Foam Paul Huf Award.

His work has been published in Irish Arts Review, Source Photographic Review, Uncertain States, British Journal of Photography and variety of on-line photography blogs and magazines.

Fortas’ works are included in a number of public and private collections including Institut Polonais Paris, Fondation Grésigny and Pierre Passebon Gallery Paris. Work from his newest project ‘Skene’ has been recently acquired by the UK Government Art Collection.


Curriculum Vitae
Lives and works in London


Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art Photography
Dublin Institute of Technology, BA (Hons) Photography


2016/07 – Artful Dodgers & Royal College of Art Graduate Award, London, United Kingdom
2016/04 – RUA RED Gallery Solo Exhibition Award, Dublin, Ireland
2015/10 – Travel and Training Award, The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2015/09 – Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Photography Bursary (shortlisted), Paris, France
2015/08 – Royal College of Art, Fine Art Bursary Award, London, UK
2015/08 – Royal College of Art, HEFCE Bursary, London, UK
2015/05 – BMW Residency Award at Musée Nicéphore Niépce,Chalon-sur-Saône (shortlisted), France
2014/11 – Camera Clara Prize, Fondation Grésigny, Paris, France
2014/09 – Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant, Warsaw, Poland
2014/07 – MAC International 2014 Art Prize, Belfast, Northern Ireland (shortlisted)
2014/03 – Royal College of Art, HEFCE Bursary, London, UK
2013/02 – Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant, Warsaw, Poland
2012/11 – Visual Art Project Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
2012/11 – Culture Ireland, International Culture Programme Grant, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – PhotoIreland Festival 2012 portfolio review winner, Dublin, Ireland
2012/01 – The Foam Paul Huf Award 2012 nominee, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/01 – 2nd Alliance Française Photography Award nominee, Dublin, Ireland
2011/10 – Dublin Institute of Technology Medal, Dublin, Ireland
2011/07 – Propeller Fine Art Award, Dublin, Ireland

Solo Exhibitions:

2016/09 – RUARED, Skene, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – Coal Story, Now Art Festival, Galeria do Palácio Porto, Portugal
2012/01 – Coal Story, The Copper House Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2009/11 – The View of Photography: After-Party Portraits, The Crow Gallery, Dublin

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2018/02 - En Suspens, LE BAL, Paris, France
2018/01 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Block 336, London,UK
2017/09 - Bloomberg New Contemporaries, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK
2015/09 – Les Gueules Noires de l’Europe, 9-9 Bis, Oignies, France
2015/03 – RCA Secret, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2015/03 – ‘Focal Point’ (Darek Fortas, Kenji Hirasawa, Christopher Oliver, Joanna Sperryn-Jones, curated by Marek Wolynski), Unit 24, London, UK
2014/12 – Camera Clara Prize Exhibition, Central Dupon Images, Paris, France
2014/10 – MAC International Biennial 2014, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2014/05 – 184th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2014/07 – ‘Expansive Traces’ (curated by Eimear Redmnd) Ormston House, Limerick, Ireland
2013/08 – ‘Labour and Lockout’ (curated by Helen Carey, participating artist: Darek Fortas, Anthony Haughey, Mark Curran, Jesse Jones, Megs Morley & Tom Flanagan, Seamus Farrell, Deirdre Power, Sean Lynch, Deirdre O’Mahony), Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
2013/03 – ‘FORMAT13 Photography Festival’, The Chocolate Factory, Derby, UK
2012/10 – ‘In The Black’,The Black Mariah, curated by Matt Packer & The Black Mariah, Cork, Ireland
2012/10 – ‘Agents of Change:Photography and the Politics of Space’, Photobook Show, Brighton Photo Biennial, UK
2012/09 – ‘Global Change Personal Stories’, 11th International Photo Festival, Aleppo, Syria
2012/07 – ‘On Migration’, PhotoIreland Festival, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland
2011/11 – RUA RED, Winter Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
2011/09 – ‘What Matters Now?’, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA

Curatorial, Editorial, Lecturing & Professional Experience:

2013/08 – Member of Panel of Experts at The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
2012/12 – Neu/Now Festival, Visual Arts Jury Member (project by ELIA – European League of Institutes of the Arts & European Commission DG Education and Culture), Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/10 – Visiting Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology, Photography Dept. Dublin, Ireland
2011/06 – Photo Editor, Prism Photography Magazine, Dublin, Ireland
2010/06 – Photo Editor, Photo Volume, Dublin, Ireland

Selected Publications:

2016/07-  British Journal of Photography, London,United Kingdom
2015/09 – Irish Arts Review, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
2015/03 – L’Oeil de la Photographie, Paris, France
2014/06 – Limerick European City of Culure 2014 Catalouge, Limerick, Ireland
2014/05 – Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition Catalouge, Dublin, Ireland
2014/03 – SOURCE Photographic Review, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2014/01 – FOTO Magazine, text by Grazyna Siedlecka, Warsaw, Poland
2013/08 – Working Times, Lockout 1913 commemoration zine, Limerick, Ireland
2012/10 – Uncertain States quarterly photography newsprint publication, London, UK
2012/07 – Now/Neu Festival 2012 catalouge, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012/07 – PhotoIreland Festival 2012 catalouge, Dublin, Ireland
2012/07 – Prism Photography Magazine #06, Dublin, Ireland
2011/09 – Irish Arts Review, Autumn Issue, Dublin, Ireland
2011/08 – Source Photographic Review, Booklet with Graduate Photography 2011 Focus in Ireland,Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010/09 –”Intimacy” (Issue 5), SuperMassiveBlackHole Photography
Magazine, Dublin, Ireland