"After the Off", a collaboration of Bruce Gilden and the Irish writer Dermot Healy, is a riveting and dynamic portrait of bucolic Irish life.
The book, set in rural Ireland against the background of the on-course gambling operations, documents the humor, exhilaration and suspense of the men and (few) women to whom local horse racing is a part of life and for some a livelihood. Gilden's powerful black and white images are both amusing and intense, forming a perfect symbiosis with the vividly atmospheric story-telling of Dermot Healy.
"After the Off" is a striking portrait that merges the factual with the surreal in complex and subtle layers, alternately entertaining and serious, yet always candid.
Size: 13 x 9 3/4"
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing (Stockport, 1999)