Border Roads 1990–1994 by Tony O’Shea
Year: 2018 (First printed 2017)
Size: 140 x 200 mm
Published by: Cafe Royal Books
O’Shea presents a collection of images taken around the border between Northern and Southern Ireland during the early 1990s, on the eve of the controversial Anglo-Irish Agreement.
The first time Tony O’Shea photographed the people of the Irish borderlands was in the 1980s, in the company of the writer Colm Tóibín. But the memories of that time lingered in his mind, and in the early years of the 1990s he returned to the Border over and over again, intimately documenting many scenes of local resistance to military restrictions on Border crossings. – The Irish Times
Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent publisher based in Southport, England. Originally set up as a way to disseminate art, in multiple, affordably, quickly, and internationally while not relying on ‘the gallery’. Café Royal Books publishes artist’s books and zines as well as a weekly series of photobook/zines. The photographic publications are part of a long ongoing series, generally working with photographers and their archives, to publish work, which usually falls into 1970–2000 UK documentary / reportage.
“… Walking Along The Border had made me a little bit more aware of the significance of the border to local people, how it means something concrete. Where as, in Dublin, it’s something of an idea … I was photographing various aspects of republicanism and, rightly or wrongly, I saw it as part of it”.
– Tony O’Shea