DEBBIE IRELAND

Photography Curator & Former Head of AA Photo Library

Debbie has almost 25 years’ experience working in photography, in the archive of the Royal Photographic Society Collection and as Head of the AA Picture Library. She works as a freelance writer and curator specialising in the history of photography. Debbie has a particular interest in the history of travel photography and recently worked with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Isabella Bird, a photographic journal of travels through China 1894 -1896. Her latest publication, Hasselblad and the Moon Landing, tells the story of how this iconic camera was chosen to record the Moon landing in 1969. She is the curator of Mission to the Moon, The story of Apollo 11, the RPS exhibition which opens on July 6th until September 28th at its Bristol headquarters.

"A great photograph communicates as well as capturing an image. The judgement of the photographer is essential to the process. An inexpensive camera can create stunning results - it's the skill of the photographer and their approach to their subject which is important."