Willie Doherty studied Fine Art in Belfast before he moved back to his native city Derry in 1984. Since the late 1980s, he worked primarily in photographic media and used the town and its surrounding countryside as his main subjects. Works from this period offer a critical response to the media coverage of the region’s complex political and social problems. More recent, while still rooted in his daily experience of sectarian division, Doherty’s art has begun to transcend its political specifics to explore wider notions of identity, memory and truth. Doherty was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1994 and 2003.