My tutor wrote an article on the WeAreOCA site about Rencontres d’Arles 2016 in which she strongly recommended Eamonn Doyle’s show titled End.
Doyle is a Dublin-based artist who specialises in a very special style of street photography, all apparently taken within a small section of his home town.
The exhibition is in a word: remarkable. End is in fact the title of the final part of a trilogy with the titles of the first two parts being i and ON. The show at Arles is actually a compilation of work from all parts of the trilogy.
The starting point is two walls containing photos from i. These are placed into a grid format, all the same size and orientation and are typically rear or side shots, often of older people.
The organisation of the photos and the consistent layout and content are almost mesmeric.
The next set of photos comes from ON and these are the most eye-catching. They are truly monumental. They are printed very large with the result that people in the photos tower over the viewers like giants. The two examples below are used in the publicity associated with the exhibition.
These are very dramatic images, presented in a very impactful way. It’s hard to imagine how these appear when they are more than 2m high! There is a dynamic energy associated with these images which is completely different from any other street photography that I’ve seen.
The final set of images from the last part of the trilogy: End. This work clearly continues the themes established earlier in the trilogy, but goes further.
End is in fact a collaborative work by Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and David Donohoe. The photos by Doyle form the core, while Sweeney provided screen prints, transparent panels with designs and sculpture. All of this is set to music by Donohoe.
I found these images very thought-provoking and led me to think about how I might attempt something at least inspired by Doyle’s work. I am obviously not alone in being impressed – the exhibition was very popular and the book sold out. It’s worth a trip to Arles just for this show.