Conversations: Eamonn DoyleParis Photo January 24, 2017
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
Eamonn Doyle studied paiting and photography in Dublin in the late 1980s. He spent much of the next twenty years producing music and working in the independent music business, founding the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) alongside the record labels D1 Recordings and Dead Elvis.
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 is produced in and around the Dublin city centre location where he has lived for the past 20 years.
Eamonn Doyle is represented by Michael Hoppen Gallery.
LIKE DOYLEGilles Renault, Special Envoy in Arles, Liberation July 27, 2016
Revealed the Rencontres d'Arles, the Irish deserter from the electro scene has a striking facility centered on passersby on the streets of Dublin.
"And the winner is ..." The Rencontres d'Arles establishes no record.But if that were the case, no doubt qu'Eamonn Doyle would have won the bet: Most Promising Actor, Best Director, Best Set Design, Best Original Score (yes, even for a photo exhibition, it is the size!)
The amazing street photography of Eamonn DoyleSean O'Hagan, Guardian Online July 24, 2016
For 20 years he hardly picked up his camera – now Martin Parr is a fan and the Beckett-inspired Dubliner is the talk of this summer’s Arles photography festival
Eamonn Doyle is an unlikely candidate for the title “saviour of street photography”. When he began photographing old people passing by his front door on Parnell Street in Dublin in 2011, it was the first time he had used a camera in more than 20 years. Now 47, he had graduated with a photography diploma in 1991, but “I hadn’t really taken any photographs or read any books about photography since I’d left college,” he says, “and I certainly wasn’t trying to reinvent the genre, because I really wasn’t aware of street photography except for a few 60s photographers like Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz that I’d read about back then.”
Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016 review – twin towers and sub-Saharan slumsThe Guardian, online July 12, 2016
The Arles photography festival has been in transition for several years, looking forward to the medium’s exciting but uncertain post-digital future while also looking back at its past. This year, there are homages to veterans such as Don McCullin, Sid Grossman and Peter Mitchell, but much more work that questions the very idea of old-fashioned observation.
One of the themes of this year’s festival is street photography, then and now. Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle creates a buzz with an installation that uses sound, drawing and design to emphasise the looming presence of his powerfully up-close and intimate photographs of Dublin people going about their daily business. Here, with every wall filled with images, some toweringly big, some gathered in grids, it is as if Doyle and his collaborators have created their own Dublin of the imagination – one the viewer has to negotiate from various different and often surprising perspectives, as if visiting a strange city for the first time.
Naff street photography?Le Monde July 7, 2016
It looked reserved to the past, with big names such as Cartier-Bresson or Winogrand who walked quietly, nose in the air and the device in the wind in search of the decisive moment. The Rencontres d'Arles prove otherwise, this summer, with photographers who question and significantly rejuvenate the formula. Ethan Levitas, showing her pictures alongside that of Garry Winogrand, puts his camera on a pole at the surveillance cameras: it draws surprised looks, outraged that highlight the intrusive aspect of photography. Eamonn Doyle, he approaches closer to passers plunged into a crowd that seems hostile, oppressive and stifling. As for the work of Peter Mitchell, color pioneer in England and former official at the Ministry of Local Government and Housing in the UK became a photographer, he transcribes the urban landscape of the Leeds area, interspersing them with images of Mars imagining that the aliens come to town.
Arles 2016 : Eamonn Doyle, End.l'Oeil de la photographie July 7, 2016
“End.” seeks out the driving forces of both photographer and subject in an exhibition that brings together three bodies of work—”i”, “ON” and “End.”—exploring the local streets of Doyle’s native Dublin. Though apparently the concluding work of a trilogy, “End.” actively opens up the heart of the whole. “i” presents unknowable street figures enveloped entirely in the interior landscape of their location. “ON”s black & white giants convulse across their own image, bracing the hard Dublin light. “End.” as a sequence of events revealing a city whose concrete is as plastic as the movement of its inhabitants. Created as both installation and publication, “End.” is a collaborative work by Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and David Donohoe. Built around the photographs of Doyle, it also features drawing and sound by Sweeney and Donohoe. - Niall Sweeney
“END” by Eamonn Doyle at Michael Hoppen Gallery in LondonPAROMA MUKHERJEE, BLOUIN ART INFO June 26, 2016
For most people, the street outside their house is just a road they use to navigate their journeys to and from home. But in the case of Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle, the street outside his home in central Dublin is his realm of exploration. After an engaged rereading of playwright Samuel Beckett’s works, Doyle decided to delve deep into what he was most familiar with and find within that, a range of photographic subjects that would reveal to him the street in all its poetry and starkness.
What to Buy at Photo London 2016Becky Poostchi-Pattenden, AnOther magazine May 20, 2016
Future heirlooms are to be found (and treasured) at this buzzed-about photographic fair
Twins by Eamonn Doyle
This self-taught photographer's work takes inspiration from two unexpected sources – the writing of Samuel Beckett and Doyle's perception that "it’s not what's said that’s intriguing, but what’s not". Collated in his book END (on sale here and a great compromise if the pounds don't stretch to a print), the pieces present a street view of Dublin’s pavement culture, documenting local characters and capturing their spirit from a distance.
Neighbourhood watch: Eamonn Doyle hones in on Dublin's streetsWALLPAPER* May 18, 2016
While photography has opened the door to exotic, far-flung locales, for some, inspiration hits a little closer to home. Take the Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle, who has had to look no further than his doorstep for his first solo London exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery, entitled ‘End.’ – the third and final chapter in a series of projects exploring the multi-cultural, working class area of north Dublin’s Parnell Street.
Born in Dublin in 1969, Doyle began photographing around the city centre in the late 1980s, before embarking on a hiatus a decade later in order to concentrate on music production. He returned to photography in 2008 after a reflective period of rediscovering Samuel Beckett’s writings.
In pictures: the W* photography desk's daily digest of visual inspirationWallpaper*
Until 15 July, London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery is hosting ‘End’, the third and final set of three collections of work created by Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle, and his first solo exhibition in London.
A depiction of modern day Dublin and its residents, the photographer explores the familiarity of Parnell Street in the city's northern districts, a working class and multi-cultural area wherein Doyle focused his lens upon the repetitive banality of everyday life. His images portray the long-beaten path of Dubliners in their environment; individually monotonous journeys unfolding like a series of maps to reveal the day-to-day goings-on at Doyle's doorstep.
In Dublin, a Photographer Turns His Lens on the StreetHATTIE CRISELL, Tmagazine April 26, 2016
Until two years ago, the photographer Eamonn Doyle, whose new work “End.” goes on show at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery this May, was not known for his photographs. After graduating art college in 1991, he founded a record label and a festival in his native Dublin, immersing himself in the local music scene for almost 20 years. It was after the economic crash in 2008 that, feeling burned out and in need of a change, he bought a camera and began to photograph life on the streets around his home.
The best photographers working in black and whiteAmy Newson, Dazed online December 8, 2015
Working with issues like abandonment, mental illness, erotica and poverty, these visionaries shut down black and white photography’s naysayers.
Photographers we represent, Daido Moriyama and Eamonn Doyle, are included in this prestigious list of black & white photographic legends.
9 Things to do at this years Paris PhotoTIME, Lightbox November 11, 2015
- Photobooks galore inside the fair and out
Photographers including Shaw, Jason Larkin, members of Magnum Photos, and Matt Henry and Eamonn Doyle at the Michael Hoppen Gallerystand will be on hand to sign books. Also look out for Book Machine, a new initiative on-site at Paris Photo that invites designers and photographers to join forces to bring photobook projects to life.
Dubliners: Eamonn Doyle's palpable portraits of a city lost in thoughtSean O'Hagan, The Guardian August 6, 2015
The Irish street photographer – who made the best street photobook of the past decade – is revitalising the tired tradition with his astonishing cast of grotesque, wiry and lonely figures
Eamonn Doyle: Dirty Old TownSummer 15', Murmur online magazine
A big feature on Eamonn Doyle's new book, 'ON'
Your Dublin Moment Of Zen: On Eamonn DoyleDEREK O'CONNOR, Dublin Globe June 26, 2015
Eamonn Doyle, in his own words:
“I started photographing in and around Dublin city centre in the late 1980’s, but I took something of a hiatus from photography in the late 1990’s in order to concentrate on music. Returning to photography in recent years, I set out to work with what I knew. As a long-term resident of Parnell Street in Dublin’s north inner city, there was a wealth of photographic subjects on my doorstep. It’s an old working class area, now quite multicultural. At times it’s edgy and raw and vibrant, while at others, it seems half-sunk in a weary pathos.”
Photographer Spotlight: Eamonn DoyleMichael Kurcfeld, LA review of books June 12, 2015
Doyle began studying painting in college and while there discovered the work of Josef Koudelka, Bill Brandt, and Garry Winogrand, “people like that, sort of classic but with a darker edge.” He has been shooting pictures since the 1980s, though he detoured into the music business for 20 years — running a record label, music festival, and record shop along the way. In 2010, he quit that scene, bought a Leica, and shot in color, and digitally, for the first time. His home turf of central Dublin became his reentry point. When he published the images as a book, esteemed photographer-historian Martin Parr became a fan, and his support made the edition sell out in a flash. But Doyle so nimbly framed the human condition that his series would eventually have found an ardent audience.
The 5 Artists to Buy at the 2015 AIPAD Photo ShowThe Observer Arts, NY April 16, 2015
The Dublin-based photographer worked for many years in the music industry, but returned to photography 2008. His debut photo book, titled i, contains imagery of mostly elderly figures he shot in and around the city center, often shot from above with jarring perspective, and flat, even colors. His compositions can be likened to the graphic quality of Japanese prints, and works in the “i” series are priced at $2,200 each.
Eamonn Doyle – O’Connell StreetTom Seymour, British Journal of Photography December 3, 2014
Eamonn Doyle finds a new vision of street photography with the hunched, solitary figures of one Dublin highway
Eamonn Doyle has photographed O’Connell Street, the longest thoroughfare in Dublin, for most of his life. But he needed Samuel Beckett to understand it.
“I was obsessed with Beckett when I started taking these photos,” Doyle says of the Dublin-born novelist. “Beckett understands Dublin, but he strips away the context of his characters. I was deep in that mindset, so I started taking photographs that pares everything back.”
Dubliners: The Brilliant Street Photography of Eamonn DoyleHarriet Baker, AnOther magazine November 12, 2014
As Eamonn Doyle's photographs are showcased at Paris Photo this week, AnOther considers his work within the great tradition of street photography.
Doyle’s idiosyncratic portraits of old inhabitants of his native Dublin are a bold new presentation of a familiar genre. At once candid and composed, they capture the colour and frailty of the human condition in an urban environment. His timeless characters simultaneously provide a meditation on the act of photography itself, of fleeting encounters captured, a transient moment immortalised. Now appropriated by the fashion industry, new and inventive forays into the genre are a rare treat. Here, AnOther talks to Eamonn Doyle to discover how he has created just that alongside a rainbow selection of our favourites.