Cardiff After Dark
- ISBN 9780500544198
- 24.00 x 29.00 cm
- PLC (no jacket)
- 99 Illustrations, 99 in colour
- First published 2012
Powerfully gritty – and often hilarious – documentary photographs of nightlife in the Welsh capital
‘All human life is here: sadness, despair, joy, abandon, humiliation, camaraderie, anger, loneliness, reverie, regret ... The full gamut of exaggerated human emotion as it is played out each weekend.’ – Sean O’Hagan
‘When last orders are called in Cardiff, the party is just beginning. Out on the streets the full pantomime is both engaging and revealing and these images give us a ring side view’– Martin Parr
‘I think it has genuine artistic merit and provides a valid sociological document of our times … It also makes the ideal present for the kind of person who is really difficult to buy for’– Proper Magazine
Maciej Dakowicz spent five years photographing the nighttime revelries that take place in Cardiff every weekend. Focused around a few pedestrianized streets in the city centre, Dakowicz’s images capture nightlife fuelled by alcohol and emotions.
The arc of an evening’s entertainment is brilliantly captured in these candid photographs, which reveal fun, hilarity and bawdiness as well as fighting and drunken exhaustion. There are stag nights and hen parties, men dressed as superheroes and women dressed as Playboy bunnies, mountains of discarded chip wrappers, arrests by the police – and lots and lots of posing for the camera.
Dakowicz’s images, at times shocking or upsetting, at others affectionate and wry, form an important documentary photobook of British urban life in the early part of the 21st century.
Maciej Dakowicz (b. 1976) spent seven years living in Cardiff, where he co-founded the Third Floor Gallery. He now lives in London. His photographs have been exhibited around the world, and he is a recipient of numerous awards.
Sean O’Hagan writes for the Guardian and the Observer.