Three Cities | An exhibition of new photographs by Niall O’Brien

Three Cities 
An exhibition of new photographs by Niall O’Brien

Private view: Thursday 26th April 2018 | 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: 27th April – 26th May 2018

General Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday | 12 – 6pm and by appointment. Extended hours during Photo London: Tuesday 15th May – Sunday 20th May | 12 – 6pm



Sid Motion Gallery and co-curator Bakul Patki are proud to present a new body of work by Irish photographer and filmmaker, Niall O’Brien.

‘Three Cities’ explores Santa Clara’s ‘Silicon Valley’ through a series of intuitive landscapes and portraits, shot in and around the county’s seven-mile long Bascom Avenue.

During his time there, O’Brien was struck by the banality of a place that prides itself on being a world leader in innovation. Although no stranger to the US and its economic landscape, he was affected by the enormous inequality that exists amongst Bascom’s residents – some of America’s wealthiest and most impoverished, living side by side.

Despite this he found moments of remarkable beauty in and around the valley, over his many visits to the area. He also found beauty in the people that inhabit Bascom Avenue. Blake, a homeless man, and his girlfriend Dana became incredibly important to O’Brien, who began to see the world from their point of view.

The photographer’s naturalistic and voyeuristic imagery is the result of a very personal process, which has historically seen him embed himself within ‘tribes’, whether they be young punks in the suburbs of London and Berlin, or the isolationist communities of conservative middle-America. Here he was drawn specifically to Blake and Dana’s stories and their surroundings – spending months getting to know them and their routines, documenting their turmoil and their triumphs, as well as the streets that they call home.

‘Three Cities’ is an exquisite portrait – of a place, and of its people. It is a deeply insightful an ultimately respectful look at the lives of two unfortunate yet optimistic individuals.


Niall O’Brien recently made a film to accompany Solomon Grey’s latest single ‘Wonderful World’. The film features Blake and Dana and is part of his ongoing Bascom Avenue project and can be found here:

For press enquiries please contact Bakul Patki: / +44(0)7984462358

For sales enquiries please contact Sid Motion:


Screen Shot 2018-04-12 at 17.44.55

Printing by Hempstead May


NIALL O’BRIEN (b. 1979, Dublin, Ireland) studied fine art photography at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, Ireland. Niall has exhibited extensively internationally.