The Drum Thing (Prestel, 2016)
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I love drummers. Though they rarely get the spotlight, they are music’s driving force. For me, drummers embody a special kind of duality: on the one hand, they channel the intuitive rhythm we all have inside us, connecting us to our primal instincts. On the other, they display respect and restraint, managing time with intelligence and skill.
This book is my tribute to all those men and women who keep the beat, featuring images of world’s leading drummers – including Tony Allen, Ginger Baker, Travis Barker, Cindy Blackman, Patrick Carney, Jack DeJohnette, Bryan Devendorf, Sly Dunbar, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Dave Grohl, Mark Guiliana, Steve Jordan, Jim Keltner, Airto Moreira, Neil Peart, Questlove, Jim Sclavunos, Ringo Starr, Lars Ulrich, Chris Dave, Joey Waronker, and Jack White. I photographed all these iconic figures offstage, in their own rehearsal spaces – ranging from state-of-the-art studios to basements and gardens. The resulting images show drummers out of the limelight, but also front and centre on their own terms.
Hide That Can (Trolley, 2002)
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Hide That Can is a culmination of four years I spent photographing the men of Arlington House, a hostel for recovering alcoholics in Camden, London. Many of the residents are Irish men who came London for work in the 50’s and 60’s, and – as an Irish person myself – I found myself compelled by their stories and lives.
The photographs in this book show these men both in their adopted English home, and in trips to Ireland made possible by the Aisling Project (for many, their first return to Ireland in over 40 years). This work was exhibited at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The book was awarded Publication of The Year by both the International Center of Photography, New York and Arles Recontres De La Photographie, France.