John Duncan’s Bonfires documents a long-standing tradition of bonfire building by Protestant communities in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Duncan’s photographs frame and measure the structures against their various social settings, revealing both a sense of Belfast’s changing urban landscape and the deep divisions that, despite political progress, still affect Northern Ireland long after the ceasefires. Each bonfire has a singular structure, an identity. They are sculptural and architectural oddities with many resonances through history and art, from high-rise flats to military watchtowers and gun emplacements, from the Empire State Building to the Tower of Babel.
Featuring essays by writer and historian Colin Graham and art historian and critic Mary Warner Marien.
Co-published by Photoworks, Steidl and Belfast Exposed Photography
Designed by LOUP
Published in 2008
Hardback with dust jacket
280mm x 290mm,
24 colour plates