Born in Dublin, Ireland, and residing in the UK, Barry W Hughes works in cultural communications. His personal artwork has been published and exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in Ireland, Germany and China.

After establishing Ireland’s pioneering and award-nominated online photography magazine SMBH in 2009, Hughes wrote for HOTSHOE from 2012 to 2019, interviewing some of the most respected and exciting names in contemporary photography. He has also written for international publications such as British Journal of Photography, GRANTA and Photo-Eye.

Hughes has curated exhibitions, reviewed portfolios and delivered talks for the likes of Photo London; University of Middlesex; The Photographers' Gallery; Belfast Exposed; Sirius Arts Centre; Photology (Photo Hastings); PhotoIreland Festival; Belfast Photo Festival; Format Photo Festival and Look Photo Festival.

He has delivered lectures for University of Westminster; Coventry School of Art & Design; Kingston University; University for the Creative Arts Farnham and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology; he has twice been a nominator for British Journal of Photography’s annual ‘Ones to Watch’ issue, and has adjudicated for the international Photogrvphy Grant.

Writing on Photography


Hughes’ artwork occupies a liminal space between scientific and subjective description. Various tactics, sometimes deceptive, are employed to reflect upon contemporary photographic image culture.

Hughes’ works reference particular scientific, anomalous and social moments that often involve a degree of coincidence within their respective narrative.

Artist CV


Working professionally in marketing communications, Hughes brings his passion and expertise to the fore in developing cultural and heritage brands reach international audiences. 

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