Perry Ogden

Perry Ogden (born 1961)[1] is a British fashion and documentary photographer,[2][3] and film director, based in Dublin. He is interested in Traveller culture.[4]

Ogden has published three books of photography, Pony Kids (1999), 7 Reece Mews: Francis Bacon's Studio (2001) and Paddy and Liam (2018).[3][5][6] Some of his work is held in the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

His film Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005) is a drama about Irish Travellers.[7] It won Best Film at the Irish Film & Television Awards, the Satyajit Ray Award for Best First Film at the BFI London Film Festival, the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize and Ecumenical Film Prize at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, and Best First Feature Audience Award at Galway Film Fleadh.

He has worked commercially as a fashion photographer doing magazine and advertising campaign work.[8]

Life and work

Ogden was born in 1961 in Shropshire, UK.[1] He grew up in London and moved to Ireland in 1985.[9] He is now based in Dublin.

He spent two years making portraits of the young riders and dealers in Smithfield horse market in Dublin, for his first book Pony Kids (1999).[10]

Inspired by what he had witnessed making Pony Kids,[7] Ogden's first feature length film was Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005), a documentary-style semi-improvised drama about Irish Travellers.[11][12] He cast several members of the Maughan family as close versions of themselves and "wrote a script that draws on the Maughans’ experiences of living in a trailer on the edge of Dublin and encountering the sharp end of Irish bureaucracy."[7]

Two brothers, boxers Paddy and Liam Doran from a Traveller family in Celbridge, County Kildare, modelled for Ogden when they were between ages 10 and 16, for various fashion campaigns. Ogden used these photographs for his book Paddy and Liam (2018).[4][5]


Photography books by Ogden

  • Pony Kids. New York: Aperture, 1999; ISBN 978-0893818593. London: Jonathan Cape, 1999; ISBN 978-0224059220. Edited by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse. With an introduction by Fintan O'Toole.
  • 7 Reece Mews: Francis Bacon's Studio. London: Thames & Hudson, 2001. ISBN 978-0500510346. With a foreword by John Edwards.
  • Paddy and Liam. Idea, 2018. Edition of 500 copies. Accompanying each image is commentary from the subjects.

Publications with contributions by Ogden

  • The Fourfold View of a Star. Sky Dog, 1994. By Ogden, Bruno de Monès, Jonathan Becker, and Maki Fujimoto. Text in English, French and German.
  • Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished: Essays presented to Robin Middleton. Thames & Hudson, 2006. Edited by Barry Bergdoll and Werner Oechslin. ISBN 978-0500342145. Published to mark the retirement of architectural historian Robin Middleton.[13]

Films directed by Ogden



  • Pony Kids, Smithfield, Dublin, May 1997[18]
  • 7 Reece Mews, Francis Bacon's Studio, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, SoHo, New York City, January 2002[19]


See also


  1. Pulver, Andrew (22 July 2009). "Photographer Perry Ogden's best shot". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  2. "The road less travelled". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  3. "Coming of age in the Irish Traveller community". Huck Magazine. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  4. McQuillan, Deirdre. "Model Travellers Paddy and Liam: 'The clothes are nice but I wouldn't wear them'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  5. "The two teenage Irish Traveller brothers who became fashion world sensations". Metro. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  6. "Teenage Traveller brothers star in new fashion campaign". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  7. "Pavee Lackeen". Time Out London. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  8. "Perry Ogden: Shooting stars". The Week Portfolio. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  9. "Irish Traveller brothers are on the brink of model stardom". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  10. "Pony Kids: Urban cowboys". The Independent. 6 February 1999. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  11. "Has the film Pavee Lackeen changed anything for this group of Irish travellers?". The Guardian. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  12. "Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  13. Middleton, Robin; Bergdoll, Barry; Oechslin, Werner. Fragments architecture and the unfinished. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500342145 via Open WorldCat.
  14. Dwyer, Michael. "Tales of a traveller family". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  15. Ireland Arts Correspondent, Jennifer O’Brien (14 March 2018). "Traveller brothers who took fashion by storm find new fame in the frame". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-04-18 via
  16. "'Pavee Lackeen' Wins London Film Festival Award". The Irish Film & Television Network. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  17. "Pavee Lackeen takes awards in Germany". 29 November 2005. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  18. Hull, Stephen. "Source Reviews: Pony Kids by Peter Smyth". Source. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  19. Smith, Roberta. "Art in Review; Perry Ogden -- '7 Reece Mews, Francis Bacon's Studio'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-18 via
  20., Website Designed, Developed and Hosted by Damien Carbery -. "Untitled from the series 'Burntollet'". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  21., Website Designed, Developed and Hosted by Damien Carbery -. "Second Sight: The David Kronn Photography Collection". Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  22. "Perry Ogden - Person - National Portrait Gallery". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
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