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Ruth Carden

Ruth Carden is a self-taught professional photographer with more than three decades of experience, specializing in environmental portraiture as well as private and commercial works in Ireland. Ruth is also a qualified zoologist with a Ph.D. in deer ecology, biology, and management, and she identifies and conducts faunal analyses on archaeological animal bone assemblages — a skill set that leads her to an unusually varied range of jobs. Ruth has had an affinity for black-and-white photography ever since she first created and developed her own film and prints in her darkroom some three decades ago. Her commercial exhibition and archival documentation clients have included: the Central Bank of Ireland, the National Print Museum of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Her ongoing environmental portraiture series (of four years and counting), involves all aspects of archaeologists’ working lives on excavation sites.

Ruth has been living in County Wicklow for the past 16 years, but originally hails from County Dublin. Ruth can be contacted at

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