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PHOTO-EYE BEST BOOKS 2018
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Eamonn Doyle's favorite book from 2018

This is an incredible, historic and significant selection of work from Chris Killip — one of the world’s greats — thematically brought together as four publications in one slipcase. Humbly produced (high-quality newsprint tabloids, and yet transcending any limitations of that medium), it manages to reinvigorate the subjects with both currency and poignancy, making me look anew at work I thought familiar. Featuring photographs from 1970 to 1989, with many unpublished before, the design is a direct quote on Mendelsohn’s 1926 Amerika, and yet here, we witness how the mechanisms and industries of modernity have gradually failed us, and how, in spite of this, communities are forged.


Living and working in Dublin, Doyle spent much of the last thirty years producing music and working in the independent music business. He returned to photography in 2008. His debut photobook i, described by Martin Parr as "the best street photo book in a decade" was published in March 2014. Most of his work has been produced in and around the Dublin city centre location where he has lived for the past 20 years. His new work, K, is a photographic book and music project that moves away from the urban east coast to the western Atlantic edge of Ireland. www.eamonndoyle.com

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Eamonn Doyle's favorite book from 2018

Ex-Voto is Alys Tomlinson’s five-year project on three Catholic pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Poland, and France. Beautifully shot on large format film, the stunning black-and-white prints were one of my highlights of the Rencontres d'Arles Festival this year where it also very deservedly won this year's discovery award.


Eamonn Doyle's debut photo-book i, 2014, was described by Martin Parr as ‘the best street photo-book in a decade’. This was followed by ON [2015] and End. [2016], which together with i, became known as his Dublin trilogy, culminating in an immersive exhibition at Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Though most of this work was produced in and around the Dublin city centre location where he has lived for over twenty years, Eamonn’s most recent body of work, K, 2018, took him to the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland and to the volcanic landscapes of Extremadura in Spain. Dublin, Ireland.

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Eamonn Doyle's favorite book from 2018

“A place 15 storeys high and a million stories deep.” Joyrider chronicles Ross McDonnell’s time photographing in and around Dublin’s infamous Ballymun estate from 2005 onwards. The book depicts a marginalized youth reclaiming space in the face of “urban regeneration.” We see, writ large, the forces and tensions that shape and mould us all as young individuals: creation and destruction, inclusion and escapism, environment and identity.


Eamonn Doyle / Dublin

Born in Dublin in 1969, Eamonn studied painting and photography at college, graduating in 1991. He spent much of the next two decades producing and publishing music, during which he also founded the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival alongside the record labels D1 Recordings and Dead Elvis. He returned to photography in 2008. His debut photo-book i, 2014, was described by Martin Parr as ‘the best street photo-book in a decade’. This was followed by ON, 2015, and the award-winning End., 2016, which together with i, became known as his Dublin trilogy, culminating in a ground-breaking immersive exhibition at Rencontres d’Arles 2016. Though most of this work was produced in and around the Dublin city centre location where he has lived for over twenty years, Eamonn’s most recent bodies of work have taken him to the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland and to the volcanic landscapes of Extremadura in Spain [K, 2018], and back to his surburban home in south Dublin [O, 2020] . Eamonn still lives and works where it all began, just off Parnell Street in Dublin, with the D1 Recordings studio still operating from the basement.