The National Photography Collection builds on Gallery of Photography Ireland’s existing archival print holdings of over 100 works by leading contemporary photographic practitioners. This artist-focused collection will define an artistic canon for the medium, fostering a wider understanding and appreciation of art photography. The collection’s patron is the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. For the foundational phase, the costs of production of archival prints are supported by a philanthropic donation from C. K. O’Malley. The initiative is the cornerstone of Gallery of Photography Ireland’s wider plans to establish a permanent national Museum of Contemporary Photography.