Maclay Heriot & Ruth Medjber
Dublin-born Ruth Medjber was encouraged by her father to take photographs from a young age. From her early teens, the artist paired this obsession with her love of alternate rock bands, such as Placebo and Manic Street Preachers. 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, Metallica and the Foo fighters.
Most recently, she documented Hozier and Arcade Fire on their world tours, as well as covering the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. With close ties to her community, the artist uses her creative talent to support Direct Provision Ireland and has a long-term project Women of Notes, which celebrates inspiring women in the Irish music industry.
Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist Maclay Heriot grew up in Wollongong. Aged five, he took his first photograph of the family at the beach using his father’s SLR camera. Growing up he was surrounded by music, playing the guitar during his teen years and regularly watching his uncle Rockin’ Russ Heriot gig at the Headlands Hotel. Starting out shooting photographs from the audience of Australia’s Big Day Out Festival, Heriot quickly moved to being on stage at Lollapalooza and Coachella.
Over the past five years he has been working between Sydney and Los Angeles building a comprehensive portfolio featuring Portugal. The man. With his Hasselblad, favourite Leica or Super 8 movie camera in hand he has captured Jagwar ma, Green Buzzard, Peking Duck and Bully.