Philip Bourke

Philip Bourke

Cork, West Cork, Ireland

About Philip Bourke

Born in Limerick City, Ireland in 1973. Residing in Cork City since 2001. Currently working as an independent photographer exclusively working within a creative documentary style. Music: Heavy rotation of Miles Davis mid seventies period music, just before his self imposed musical exile in 1975. The loud and brash esoteric sounds of the live albums Pangeae, Dark Magus and Agharta contain intense depth and insane colours and must be heard. ECM European jazz artsits including Eberhard Weber, Terje Rypdal, John Abercrombie, Jan Garbarek, Bill Connors.

Through an influence of street photographers such as Robert Frank, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and through the general medium of the energetic, transient and fast moving pace of street imagery, previous and current personal photographic work explores the often both exciting and mundane traits of the street portrait. The unknown subject as he/she/they move, interact, live and journey through their environment and their land.


Studied documentary/studio photography at St. Johns Community College, part time photography tutor, and lecturer.


Currently working on a Social Documentary Street project for a projected show late during 2015 in Cork with up to six of Ireland dedicated Street Photographers


Close Your Eyes and See! June 2003. St. Johns Graduation show, Vision Centre, North Main St. Cork. (Images from the project “These Streets…”)

Art trail: December 2003, selection of images from the 10 Mardyke Studio (Rahilly Building UCC, Cork)

Land: August 2005, Tigh Fili Gallery, McCurtain St. Cork. Four man group show. Featuring two artists and two photographers each bringing their subjective vision on the landscape together merging the form of landscape with urban social landscape to a cathartic image of the land and what it represents.

New Works: July 2006. Frame Gallery, Denmark St., Limerick City. Exhibition of paintings and photographs. Featuring both established and up and coming artists. (Images from project Portugal Portraits)

Second Cities: November 2007. Kosice, Slovakia. Group show taking in photographers from European second cities, the work and images convey each artist’s subjective vision of living their home country’s second largest city.

Curator: of "5 Paths", Frame Gallery, Limerick, 2009

Cork Arts Collective: June 2009. Photographic Light Box Show

Cork Arts Trail: November 2009, Open Shutter Group project “Rediscovering Locality”, street projected images and “Camera Obscura” set up on the Port of Cork

Kinsale Arts Week: July 2010, "33 Market Square"

Camden Palace: November 2015, "STREET".