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"The idea of photography seemed to come together with the idea that this is how I could be: someone who could have one step in the world while at the same time being one step removed from it"

- Donovan Wylie

b. 1971


Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland


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Born in Belfast in 1971, Donovan Wylie discovered photography at an early age. He left school at sixteen and embarked on a three-month journey around Ireland that resulted in the production of his first book, 32 Counties (Secker and Warburg 1989), published while he was still a teenager.

In 1992, Wylie was invited to become a nominee of Magnum Photos and in 1998, he became a full member. Much of his work, often described as ‘Archaeo-logies’, has stemmed primarily to date from the political and social landscape of Northern Ireland. His book The Maze was published to international acclaim in 2004, as was British Watchtowers in 2007.

In 2001, he won a BAFTA for his film The Train, and he has had solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, PhotoEspana, Madrid, and the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, England.

He has participated in numerous group shows held at, among other venues, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

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Selected works


The Maze

Donovan Wylie

Donovan Wylie records the physical structure of the Maze prison, examining the physical and psychological impact it has played in Northern Ireland's recent history

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British Watchtowers

Donovan Wylie