'Paddy Irishman' project challenges stereotypes and takes back a name

It was a story NY1’s “Mornings On 1” anchor Pat Kiernan couldn’t resist: a photography exhibit featuring people named Patrick or Paddy.

Pitched in an email on the day before St. Patrick’s Day, the project aims to break down stereotypes by taking back the name “Paddy,” which is often used as a derogatory nickname for an Irishman.

Photographer and cinematographer Ross O’Callaghan set about doing so by capturing 50 portraits – of 50 people diverse in age, background, ethnicity and sexuality – named Paddy.

He said the project challenges tired tropes often associated with being an Irishman.

“Everyone has a story,” O’Callaghan said of the people photographed in the exhibit.

→ Continue reading at Spectrum News NY1

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