Donovan Wylie: The Maze
Publisher: London: Granta Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 108879
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Gray paper-covered boards with title printed in black on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Donovan Wylie. Essay by Louise Purbrick. 112 pp., with two 2-page gatefolds and 81 four-color plates finely printed in Germany by Steidl. 9-1/4 x 11-3/8 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]
Fine in Fine dust jacket.
From the publisher: "Repetition is a feature of control systems. It creates a predictable and therefore secure environment. The Maze prison was a model of repetitive and systematic architecture. Its primary function was to contain and isolate. Opened in 1976 at the height of the Northern Ireland conflict, it held both republican and loyalist prisoners in its eight identical H-blocks. Throught its history of protests, hunger strikes and escapes, the Maze became synonymous with the Northern Ireland Troubles. After the peace negotiations, it was finally closed in October 2003. Over a period of a year, Donovan Wylie spent almost 100 days photographing inside the prison. Gradually he came to understand the psychology of the architecture and its ability to disorient and diminish. His photographs are a testimony to that experience."