Paul Butler

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Paul is a documentary photographer based in County Leitrim. He is a former graduate of Kevin Street (1994) with a Degree in Technical Photography. In 2020 a Master of Arts by Research was conferred by Technological University Dublin on completion of a thesis visualising the writings of Irish writer, John McGahern. A PhD project is being explored so as to turn and expand this sizeable work into a publication that will supplement articles and photographic exhibitions as outlined below.


Butler, P. (2021) RTÉ Brainstorm, ‘What a Photographer sees when he visualises John McGahern’s Work’

Butler, P. and Maher, E. (2016). 'John McGahern: His Time and his Places'. In Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Volume 39 (pp.27-54). John McGahern: his Time and his Places (

Butler, P. (2016, March 30th). ‘John McGahern and The Deep Well of Want: Portraits of the artist’s world. Retrieved from Irish Times:

Butler, P. (2017, September 23rd). Under The Irish Skies – Landscape Photography. Retrieved from Edge of Humanity:

Butler, P. (2019) ‘Seeing Leitrim,’ Journal of Franco-Irish Studies, Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 3.
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Hand, D. & E. Maher (eds), Essays on John McGahern - Assessing a literacy legacy (Cork University Press, 2019), Chapter 9, ‘A Dub in Leitrim: McGahern as seen Through the Camera Lens’, pp.135-143.

Butler, P. (n.d.). ‘Visualising McGahern’. Retrieved from Lensculture:

Butler, P. (2021) The Little Gate at Aughawillan14th AFIS Conference Presentation

Photograph Exhibitions:

"Still" - Redline Book Festival - October 2013

"Still" - Ballyroan Library - September 2014

"The Deep Well of Want" - St Patricks College, DCU, John McGahern 10th Anniversary Celebration - May 2016

"The Deep Well of Want" - The Backstage Theatre, Longford, June 2016

"The Deep Well of Want" - The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, March - April 2017

“Print Swap Community Exhibitions” – New York / Melbourne / Athens

Online Galleries
Butler, P. (Director). (2011). A Life Over [Image Story].

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