Photographer Ruth Medjber was born in Marino, Dublin to Irish/Algerian parents. She graduated from D.I.T. with a BA Hons. in Photography. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Ireland as well as internationally.
Ruth got the push she needed into photography from an older photographer at a gig.
“I was 14 years old and said to him, ‘I’m gonna do what you do one day’. He turned and said ‘Yeah, well where’s your (…) camera then?’ It was the greatest kick up the arse I ever got.”
“Four or five bands would play in the afternoon to a room full of wasted teenagers with terrible haircuts, myself included. I’d make a point of introducing myself to any new bands as ‘the photographer’ and then proceed to line them up against the wall to have their promo photos taken. I was quite a shy kid but when I assumed the role of photographer I was this new, confident person”.
(As first written in Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/shooting-the-band-how-to-make-a-career-as-a-rock-n-roll-photographer-1.2819106)
Ruth went on to cut her teeth in Hot Press music magazine before moving on to NME and now works freelance from her studios in London and Dublin. Her photography is featured in the likes of Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Rolling Stone among others. Her live portfolio includes Metallica, Beyonce, Madonna, Muse, Green Day, Jay Z….and so many more. Her portrait studio is a hotspot for local and international musicians looking for creative album artwork and promo shoots.
She’s the official photographer for Ireland’s largest music festival, Electric Picnic as well as Hard Working Class Heroes, Castlepalooza, Guinness Amplify, Bloomsday… and many more.
Ruth’s current passion in life is her ongoing personal photographic project, Women Of Notes, in which she photographs the inspiring women of the Irish music industry and celebrates their successes and achievements.
You can catch Ruth on Adorama TV’s « Out of the Darkroom with Ruth Medjber » interviewing world famous photographers while trying to contain her inner fangirl.
Ruth loves the smell of darkroom chemistry, hates tinnitus and until the age of 5 thought that her Father saw in sepia tones (due to his darker Algerian complexion).
Throughout 2018, Ruth will be embarking on a 365 project, photographing a new portrait every day.