This is the first of 2 books by Pierce who began photographing Sheriff Street, a working-class neighbourhood by the docks beset by poverty, crime, and drugs. By the ‘80s Sheriff Street had made its name as a no-go area for police. When I was there they were moving families out and the kids played in the broken window frames of the vacant flats.
About the Artist
Colm Pierce is an Irish documentary photographer who began shooting Dublin in the ’80’s in black and white film.
About the Publisher
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.