Description - Maze by Donovan Wylie
For nearly thirty years, the Maze prison, ten miles outside Belfast, played a unique role in the Northern Ireland troubles. Built in 1976 to house terrorist prisoners, political segregation was so fierce it lead to scenes of violent protests, hunger strikes, mass escapes, and deaths of both prisoners and prison staff. At its peak capacity in the1980s the Maze housed more than 1,700 prisoners, but in September 2000, under the terms of the Good Friday agreement, the prison was closed and the last four prisoners were transferred to other prisons in Northern Ireland. Now, a handful of prison officers man the empty complex while the future of the site is debated. The prison's current state of limbo and the unanswered questions regarding its fate seem to reflect Northern Ireland s unsteady progress in grappling with its recent history. Earlier this year, the Northern Ireland Prison Service gave Donovan Wylie exclusive permission to photograph throughout the entire prison complex without supervision, the likes of which has never been done before. The result is a book which aims to document the physical structure of the place and at the same time, through the quantity and style of the photographs, to give the viewer some experience of the psychological impact of being inside the Maze. With a text by Louise Purbrick, Senior Lecturer in History and Design at Brighton University, and a timeline history of the prison and its prisoners as they relate to the history of the Troubles, this book which records and preserves a unique physical structure that has played an important role in our recent history.
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(288mm x 232mm x mm)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Author Biography - Donovan Wylie
Donovan Wylie is a photographer and filmmaker. His books include The Dispossessed, 1990, Notes from Moscow, 1994, and Losing Ground, 1998. In 2002 he won a BAFTA award for his television documentary on religion in the former Soviet Union, The Train. He is a member of Magnum Photographers.