“Gerry Lane was born and raised in County Limerick, Ireland. He was one of eleven children from a poor yet devout Roman Catholic family. His early memories of childhood and Catholic upbringing have been a source of exploration in much of his recent photographic work. Moving to a foreign country at sixteen was a fundamentally life-changing experience, adjusting from a rural background and having to adapt quickly to life in a new metropolis…London, that was to become his home for the next fifteen years. Like many new immigrants he found the environment hostile and lonely. He became addicted to alcohol and eventually drugs, sliding into a life of despair and disillusionment. Sleeping rough in doorways and on park benches gave him an insight into the suffering of people, like himself, marginalised by society. This has been a constant source for his photographic output. His work was featured in an exhibition of ‘The homeless and London’s Regeneration Program’ at Westminster Palace in 1991.


In 1993 he experienced not only a very painful breakdown but also an acceptance that he had been living as an alcoholic; this realisation sparked in him a desire for change. Surviving the horrors of withdrawal, his new state of awareness led him to reject his past lifestyle and create a new reality, trusting to his memory and imagination. He often, as a Young Lad looked at bare trees in winter and was inspired to undertake a range of photographs. Doubling one of them, then turning it upside down, it came to resemble a pair of lungs. Landscape has become increasingly a central issue to his understanding of the world where nothing is too small to notice and everything is a source of interest and magic.


Photographs that reflect Gerry’s struggle with religion, its dogma and abuse, are the most complex of all his works. The hidden meaning and symbolism in ‘Crucifixion of a Rent Boy’ creates a world in which society’s outcasts and ordinary people produce its own martyrs and saints. Whilst not losing his faith, Gerry has no hesitation in criticising religious leaders who abuse their trusted roles for political gain and control over so many people’s lives. As a photographer Gerry draws inspiration from the everyday world and in his fundamental belief in the integral honesty of mankind, its sense of who it is and its ability to adjust in an ever changing and imperfect world, where faith seems to have become just another commodity.


Shortlisted for the Royal Academy 2007 Summer Exhibition, his work is now recognised and owned by numerous discerning collectors.


Subject matter can be tailored to the needs and environment of his clients. Gerry's reputation as a Fine Art Photographer is gaining momentum worldwide.