‘A singular new vision and an original contribution to the development of street photography’ Martin Parr
Focused on D1, Dublin’s city centre, Eamonn Doyle’s three major bodies of work, ‘i’, ‘On’ and ‘End’ – with new and previously unpublished images brought together here for the first time – tell the tale of today’s Dublin and, in doing so, tell a broader story of today’s Ireland. Setting aside the nostalgia and cliché so often seen in ‘stories of Ireland’, Doyle’s vernacular photography is a thrill to the system, revealing the extraordinary within the ordinary to paint a striking portrait of a modern and multicultural capital city. Vivified in colour, the commonplace is seen anew, the everyday made epic as the city’s inhabitants appear in stark, graphic black and white going about their daily business. Far from pedestrian, Doyle’s work is the archetype of good street photography: real life brought to life through the lens and voice of the street.
Punctuating the photography with specially commissioned narratives is the distinctive voice of Kevin Barry, evoking the world beyond the frame: the sights, smells, sounds and sensations of a Dubliner’s daily life. Designed by Doyle’s longtime collaborator Niall Sweeney, fusing contemporary Irish word and contemporary Irish image, Made in Dublin is one of the most exciting and original books of street photography in recent years.