Publisher: SP Books
Size: 15 x 10 cm (approx.)
Soft cover, digital printing in an edition of 200 where every copy has a unique cover and is numbered on the back. Design by Chris Bedson (CBC Creative).
„Observing a photographer at work, frequently offers a unique insight into their photographic practice and philosophy. In Donovan Wylie: One Day Taking Photographs in Belfast, Peter Mann offers the viewer a rare insight into the working methodology of the celebrated photographer through a series of candid portraits taken one afternoon in 2005 during a walk around North Belfast.
In Mann’s photographs we see Wylie, who was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2010, recording various aspects of Belfast in what one suspects are visual notes for photographs that will be made at a later date; the British military watchtowers; and the iconic murals that proliferate the city; and the urban landscape that is so distinctly Belfast. Frequently we see Wylie holding his camera above his head as he takes his photograph, at other times he carefully examines the images on the digital screen of his camera, or he simply strolls the empty streets with his camera over his shoulder, exploring and contemplating the urban environment before him.
"That afternoon walking around Belfast was the first time I actually saw the city. I had known Donovan for years and from his photographs I had an idea of what it might be like. Seeing the place for real and at the same time through Donovan's eyes was a wonderful way to be introduced to Belfast and I started to understand a little more why he is so fascinated by the strange architecture he grew up surrounded by. I have, on many occasions, walked around with Donovan with one or both of us taking photographs. Sometimes for jobs or serious projects and other times just because we both love to take pictures and maybe more importantly because the act of taking the pictures helps to really see and understand the world around you." (Peter Mann)