David Farrell was born in Dublin in 1961. He read Chemistry at UCD, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1987. A lecturer in photography in IADT-Dun Laoghaire, he has worked independently and on communion projects with Gogo della Luna (Gudòk).
In 2001, he received the European Publishers Award for Photography for Innocent Landscapes, and in 2004 participated in the European Eyes on Japan project. Crow, his collaborative multimedia film was premiered during the Composers Choice Festival at the National Concert Hall Dublin in 2005.
He has exhibited internationally including: Houston FotoFest 2006, on four occasions at the Festival Internazionale di Fotografia, Rome, and in China in 2008, 2010, and 2013.
David Farrell – Elusive Moments a documentary by Donald Taylor Black (Poolbeg Productions) was premiered at the Cork Film Festival 2008 and was broadcast on Irish Television as part of The Look of the Irish series on Irish photography. Since September 2009 he has been documenting his revisits to the sites of Innocent Landscapes and the ongoing renewed searches at some of these locations for those disappeared during the conflict in Northern Ireland – www.source.ie/blog.
He has also been working in recent years on numerous landscape projects including an examination of the topography of post Celtic Tiger period. In 2012 he won the Curtin/O’Donoghue Photography Award at the RHA annual exhibition in Dublin. Recent exhibitions include – Northern Ireland – Thirty Years of Photography at The MAC, Belfast and Disappearance, Kristiansand Kunsthalle, Norway in May 2013.