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Here I Am: Challenging Perceptions of Down Syndrome
in Ireland by Daniel Murphy
Here I Am! is a national photographic touring exhibition that celebrates the unique personalities of children with Down syndrome in Ireland. Over the last 2 years photographer Dan Murphy travelled around Ireland taking 180 photos of children with Down syndrome, aged between one and twelve. This project is about celebrating children with the condition and creating positive awareness amongst the members of the public.
90 of these photographs have been published in a book of the same name - Here I Am! Each photograph is accompanied by a statement from the parents, together portraying the unique character of each child.
The book, which perfectly captures each individual’s personality and shows that these kids are children first and foremost, has been a labour of love for photographer Dan Murphy over the past two years. Speaking about the book, Dan said, “With the book and photographic collection I have tried to capture the unique personality of each child and doing so was a lot of fun for everyone. It was a great privilege to be able to spend time with these remarkable kids and their families. In creating this book, I have experienced first hand how every child has quite simply enhanced the lives of their families, in spite of the challenges that accompany life with a child who has this condition.”