Born in Dublin in 1979, Irish photographer and filmmaker Niall O’Brien studied fine art photography at the renowned Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. His Good Rats series, started in 2006 when he met a group of Southwest London punks while filming the vox pop documentary Superheroes, is currently on view at No. 10 Gallery in New York. It's his first showing in New York City.
O'Brien says of the project, "This is a project I've been shooting for nearly 4-5 years. They were a group of kids I met when I was making this small art project that I wanted to turn into a documentary. I needed a group of kids who all had something in common. Originally, I had bumped into one of them and then met the rest of the group. I was absolutely fascinated. They're quite the nihilistic, proper group of hardcore kids. For 4 years I met with them, traveled and photographed them. We went to Berlin and would take day trips to Brighton. A lot of this project is me documenting them conquering boredom. These kids are completely idle and looking for things to do. They break into buildings that they call them 'empties'. So they break into the se empties and smash everything. The reason the show is called Good Rats is because on the outside their conceived in a negative few. I've seen people cross the street when they see them walking down the road, but they're really a good group of lads with good hearts."