If you’re in Dublin and hoping the meet the talented Eamonn Doyle, chances are you’ll find him somewhere around Parnell Street. The Dublin native, 46 but looking 10 years younger, studied painting and photography before dedicating 20 years of his life to running an independent techno record label. Eventually he returned to his camera. Doyle’s path has been full of contradiction, and his photography is no different.
When exposed to his pictures, one never quite knows what Doyle’s characters are seeking or expecting. His fervent presence on the scene the past few years has left nobody indifferent. His first book ‘I’ was described by Martin Parr as “the best street photography book of the decade”, while his photo-mosaic exhibition “End”, mounted in Arles, displayed a sumptuous choreography of the senses combining monumental prints, walls filled with images and drawings, and soaked in music.
The audacity of his compositions, the staging of his subjects, and the absence of the usual chaos of the streets, has given new depth and meaning to contemporary street photography.
Eamonn Doyle is in a league of his own, and here he shares 5 photos from the late 80s early 90s, taken while still a photography student in Dublin.
I spent 20 years in music, and got too caught up in the business side of running a record label, shop, nightclub and festival. I’d inadvertently become an arts administrator and, frustratingly, wasn’t concentrating on my own music. I decided to walk away and buy myself a camera again. So, I switched from releasing other artists’ records to self-publishing my own photography books. These images were taken over 25 years ago while I was still studying.