David Ruffles
, Craughwell Galway Ireland
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Contact details
Co Galway
Tel: +353 868265666
Brief Summary
David Ruffles is based in Ireland. His work is diverse with a unique, strong & “quirky” narrative style. Specializing in Portraiture & Documentary Photography for editorial publications & corporate clients, David Ruffles is available for commissions throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and the rest of the world. 
His client list includes: The Observer Magazine, Management Today, Construct Ireland, Ability West, HSE, Fintrax TEO, Galway County Council (Heritage Department), Vancouver, Haymarket Publications. 
Professional Experience
March 2000 Adobe Photoshop Intermediate Certificate
Sandwell College, West Bromwich, West Midlands UK.

1997-98 Master of Arts Visual Communication,
(Pathway Digital Photography)
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Gosta Green Campus, University of Central England.. (BIAD UCE ). Birmingham B4 7DX. UK

1996-97 Postgraduate Diploma Visual Communication
(Pathway Photography) Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Gosta Green Campus, University of Central England.UK. (BIAD UCE ). Birmingham B4 7DX. UK.

1980-83 City & Guilds Photography, 745 & 745 advanced
(qualification & experience considered equivalent to BA degree)
Sandwell College, West Bromwich, West Midlands. UK.

School Education
1971-78 King’s Heath Technical Grammar School,
Hollybank Road, King’s Heath, Birmingham B13. UK.

Self Employed
Freelance Photographer working for Editorial, Commercial clients
National & International clients.
Galway City VEC,
Fetac 5 Practical Photography Course, Digital photography. At Galway Community College, 5 contact hours per week.
2002/2011 & Current
Limerick School of Art & Design Part time lecturing Panel
Delivering Photography course modules to students in First Year Art & Design. Interviewing & evaluation portfolios at LSAD for entry to the full time Art & Design course.
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Cluain Mhuire and Castlebar Campus Jan-March 2006
Photography Department.
Part Time Lecturing (Relevant Photographic Course Modules) to BA level students, Film and Television, Art and Design. (Narrative/Documentary Photography)
Adult Education Galway Technical Institute (GTI) Galway City VEC,
Galway County VEC
Practical Photography Course. This course was delivered on Inis Mor, Aran.

July 2003- Feb 2006 Photographer/Photo Finisher
Stephen Holland, Hollands Quality Photo Processing,
Main Street Car Park, Loughrea, Co Galway.

November/December 2002
Freelance Employee at Belfast Exposed Community Photography Project
Belfast Exposed, King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD.
1988 - March 2002.
Manager/Teaching Duties in Audio Visual, Photographic & Illustration Services
School of Biosciences, The University of Birmingham, PO Box 363
Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2TT. UK
1980 – 88. Photographer,
Department of Microbiology, University of Birmingham, PO Box 363, UK


“Glorious Rubble” Group Exhibition. Nov 2010. Trove, Newhall Square,
144, Newhall St, Birmingham B3 IR2

“En Route Project” 2010/11, Photographic work for Aileen Lambert

“Signs & Signals” September 2007 Group Exhibit, Birmingham Central Library,
Brmingham Museum & Art Gallery

"ZOO" by Richard Billingham published 2007 by VIVID. There are three of my photographs used in support of the introductory essay of this book of new works by artist Richard Billingham. ISBN 978-0-9552483-1-3

Galway County Council Heritage Department August 2006
Exhibition of Photographs of Heritage sites in Ardrahan/Labane areas of Co Galway

Belfast Exposed Photographic Collection, January 2006
Portrait Photographs of Gerry Adams accepted into Picture Archive.

Feature / Portrait photography of people in the workplace.
Michael O’Leary Management Today
Gerry Adams The Observer Magazine
Marian Keyes The Observer Magazine

“A World City Birmingham and its People Portrayed”
Published by Birmingham Central Library May 2003.
ISBN 0 7093 0243-6

National Awareness Campaign
November 1st to 27th 2004,
Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham, UK.
Also National Tour of UK
“Unearthing the Past” A new exhibition illustrating history of allotment gardening.

August 2000 – April 2002 Closing down of Museum of Science & Industry
Commissioned by Birmingham Central Library (Photographic Archive)
& ThinkTank Trust

May – August 2001.
“Something Old Something New”
This show, organised by the Birmingham City Central Library Photographic Archive had a venue at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The work on show was drawn from old and new acquisitions to the libraries extensive photographic collections.

April – September 2000.
“Abhaile’ “ photographs from the West of Ireland.
Black & white photographic prints showing the photographers personal view of how the West of Ireland has changed since 1990.

December 1999- January 2000.
“Twentieth Century Modern Art”.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
This major exhibition was drawn from the City’s archive of photography,

Nov 1998-Jan 1999.
“Homegrown” Photographs of Birmingham’s Urban Allotments.
Commissioned by Midland Art Centre (MAC) The aim of this exhibition was to show the current state of Birmingham’s Council owned Allotment gardens during the present day
This Work is now in the Birmingham Central Library Photographic Archive Collection.


John Fox,
Director of Adult Education
Galway Technical Institute (GTI)
Father Griffin Road
Phone Number: (091) 58 13 42
Email [email protected]

Jim Vaughan
Photography Department
Cluain Mhuire Campus
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Tel 091 77 06 61
Email [email protected]

Deborah Baker
Falmouth College of Art, Wood Lane, Falmouth,
Cornwall TR11 4RH.
Tel 0044 7801-444-916.
Email [email protected]

Pete James
Head of Photographs, The Central Library, Chamberlain Square
Birmingham, B3 3HQ
Tel 0044-121-3034439
Email [email protected]

Steve Godfrey
Deputy Administrator, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.
Tel 0044-121-4143085
Email [email protected]


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