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Rachel Brown
(formerly Rachel Giese)

40 Railroad Ave.
Wellfleet, MA 02667 USA
tel: 508-246-7202

e-mail: brown.dejean@gmail.com


Born in New York City, 1936

Studied photography as private student of Melissa Shook at MIT, Cambridge, MA. 1976.

Rachel Brown, 2017


Solo Exhibitions
An Gailearaí, Gweedore, Co. Donegal, Ireland. “Inné agus Inniú - Second Sight”.
Gallery Ehva, Provincetown, MA USA. “Elsewhere Landscapes”
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA USA. “Interludes: Clouds, Snow, Field Work”.
Lesalonreçoit, Toulouse, France “The Women’s Wing/L’Aile des Femmes”
Musée Arthur Batut, La Bruguière, Tarn, France. Sweeney’s Flight.
France: Three-venue tour of "The Women's Wing/L'Aile des Femmes"
Palais des Evêques, St.-Lizier; L'Estive Cultural Center, Foix; Centre Méridional de l'Architecture et de la Ville, Toulouse.
Galerie Trafic. “The Women's Wing/L'Aile des Femmes,” a pinhole camera study of an abandoned mental asylum for women in St. Lizier, France.
University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France. “Children of Ulster”
Centre Meridional de l’Architecture et de la Ville, Toulouse, France.
“Field Work”.
Lesalonreçoit. Toulouse, France. “Nuages Croyables”.
Seven-venue tour throughout Northern Ireland of two exhibitions:
“The Donegal Pictures” and “Migrations”.
Stockholm Public Library, Sweden. “Sweeney’s Flight”.
In conjunction with Nobel Prize award to Seamus Heaney
(co-author of “Sweeney’s Flight”.)
Fermanagh County Museum. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
  Amherst College, Amherst, MA.
  Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.
South Bank Poetry Library. London, England.
  Dublin Writers Museum. Dublin, Ireland.
  Ulster Museum. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  Lenoir-Rhyne College. Hickory, NC.
Group Exhibitions
ArtStrand Gallery, Provincetown, MA, USA. All About Photography. Invitational.
Group exhibition at Galerie Trafic. Ivry-sur-Seine, France.
Two-person exhibition with artist Daniel Dejean
at Galerie Trafic. Ivry-sur-Seine, France.
“Three Photographers: Rachel Brown, Norma Holt, Lisette Model.”
Cherrystone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA.
“Pyrénées: Nouveaux Regards, Nouveau Siècle.“; Touring exhibition of five artists.
Shown in Collioure, Toulouse and Pau, France.
“Kaleidoscopic Pilgrimage.” Ten artists from Ireland, France
and Spain on the subject of transmigration.
Sponsored by the Commission of European Communities.
Six-venue tour in Ireland and Spain.
Recipient of €3000 grant from French government, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles, to continue work. France.


“L'aile des femmes”.
Nineteen pinhole (sténopé) photographs of an abandoned mental asylum for women in Ariège, France. Catalogue for an exhibition of the same title. See Projects: Pinhole Camera: “The Women’s Wing/L’aile des femmes”


Irish Pages
Belfast,2004. Vol. 2, Number 2, Earth Issue.
Photo Portfolio: Field Work


Sixteen photographs of summer and winter solstice periods in County Mayo and Connemara.
Foreword by Mary Oliver. Self-published.


Sweeney’s Flight
Thirty-four photographs of Ulster landscape with poetry text by Seamus Heaney (winner of 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature).
Faber & Faber and Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
(Published under former name Rachel Giese.)


Rachel Giese: The Donegal Pictures
Seventy-nine photographs of remote Irish-speaking farming and sheepherding community. Introduction by Ciaran Carson.
Faber & Faber and Wake Forest University Press.



Photography and Culture.
Volume 6 — Issue 2. Derek Gladwin. Eco-Haptic Photography: Visualizing Irish Bogland in Rachel Giese's The Donegal Pictures.


Transatlantica: American Studies Journal.
Interview of Rachel Brown by Muriel Adrien with photographs. http://transatlantica.revues.org/6113.


Out of the Earth:Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts.
Edited by Christine Cusick. Cork University Press.


Ireland in Focus: Film, Photography, and Popular Culture.
Christine Cusick. "Moments of Story:Rachel Giese's The Donegal Pictures." Syracuse University Press.

Book Covers

Contentious Terrains: Boglands, Ireland, Postcolonial Gothic. Derek Gladwin. Cork University Press. 2016
Out of the Earth:Ecocritical readings of Irish Texts. Edited by Christine Cusick. Cork University Press. 2010
Hűlt Hely. Poetry of Seamus Heaney translated into Hungarian by Imreh András. Kalligram. 2010
Camchuairt Chonamara Theas: A Twisty Journey Mapping South Connemara. Tim Robinson. Coiscéim. 2002
Setting Foot on the Shores of Connemara & Other Writings. Tim Robinson. Lilliput Press. 1996
Nihil Obstat. Poetry By Gabriel Rosentstock. Coiscéim, 1984
Ploughshares. An anthology of poetry edited by Seamus Heaney. Cambridge, MA. 1984
Súile Shuibhne. Poetry by Cathal Ó Searcaigh. Coiscéim, Dublin, 1983.

Authors' Portraits for Book Covers

Mary Oliver. A Thousand Mornings, 2012. The Penguin Press.
Mary Oliver. The Best American Essays, 2009. Mariner Books. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Derek Mahon. The Hudson Letter, Derek Mahon: Selected Poems, The Bacchae. Gallery Press, Penguin Books
Ciarán Carson. First Language:Poems. Wake Forest University Press, Gallery Press
Cathal Ó Searcaigh. An Bealach'na Bhaile: Homecoming. Clo Iar- Chonnachta.
Tom Paulin. Fivemiletown. Faber & Faber
Patricia Craig. Oxford Book of Schooldays,
Oxford Book of Modern Women's Stories. Oxford University Press
Cynthia Zarin. The Swordfish Tooth. Alfred Knopf
John Montague. Smashing the Piano. Wake Forest University Press.  

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