Dublin-born and globally based Ruth Medjber* was encouraged by her father to take photographs from a young age. While in her honours year of a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at Dublin Institute of Technology, Medjber regularly contributed to Hot Press magazine and subsequently NME, Rolling Stone, Kerrang! and Classic Rock.
Medjber’s portfolio includes portraits of Grace Jones, Hozier, Metallica and the Foo fighters. Most recently, she documented Arcade of fire on their tour of the UK and Europe, as well as covering the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. With close ties to her community, the artist uses her creative talent to support local charitable causes and has a long-term project Women of Notes, which celebrates inspiring women in the Irish music industry in a bid to create a gender balance in music.
In 2020, when the music industry was paused by covid19, Medjber began taking portraits of people at home through their windows in a series titled "Twilight Together". This body of work, now published as a best selling book by Penguin Random House, became one of the most iconic Irish portrait collections of the decade.
In 2022, Medjber launched "WORSHIP" in the Crawford Gallery, Cork. An immersive visual and audio experience. This homage to Ireland's culture of music lovers and reflects all that we have missed and craved since March 2020. The installation features documentary photography by Medjber, depicting both musicians and their fans in states of unbridled ecstasy and total devotion. These 'larger than life size' crowd scenes envelop each visitor and are symphonised with a mesmerising lighting display, designed by Conor Biddle and a rapturous soundscape by Alma Kelliher.