This is the big spring photo exhibition – not just in scale, though 65 of the 135 prints are over two metres in size. It’s a celebration of hometown D1 head Eamonn Doyle showcasing his city street photography trilogy i, ON and End along with his latest work K. It coincides with the launch of Made in Dublin (Thames & Hudson) which combines his trilogy with new prints and accompanying vignettes by writer Kevin Barry. As part of the St Patrick’s Festival, it is the fruition of a long-standing friendship and working partnership between Doyle and Karen Walshe and moves on to Fundación Mapfre in Madrid in September.
The opening weekend will also include Made in Dublin – a nine-screen, surround-sound panoramic created in association with Doyle’s collaborators Niall Sweeney (design) and David Donohoe (sound). His photographs meld with a visceral, labyrinthine soundtrack, the city and its people merge and collide, braced against the light. Giant and diminutive figures stride and stumble, taking position on a world-stage full of obstacles, and then all moving together – their constant ebb and flow revealing a collective unconscious dance, poised on a knife-edge of past and future. At moments it seems to stretch the city itself to breaking point, and yet it is always Dublin.