Donovan Wylie was born in Belfast in 1971. 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 is a member of Magnum Photos.
“Between the years 1998 and 2008 I worked systematically in gathering and making photographic records, specifically on the Architecture of “The Troubles”, Military installations in various forms, as well as collecting visual material Scrapbooks, Photo Albums, Poster, film footage, prison art, MOD material….. all derived from the Troubles. My motivation to make this work stems largely from my own need to make sense of and recognise the environment I grew up in, while simultaneously using the strengths of photography to make a “Record”. Much of this material I have chosen not to publish.”