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Toby Binder’s series “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” has been selected as one of the finalist in the 2022 Eyeshot Open Call series category.
“Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast”
“If I had been born at the top of my street, behind the corrugated-iron border, I would have been British. Incredible to think. My whole idea of myself, the attachments made to a culture, religion, nationalism and politics are all an accident of birth. I was one street away from being born my enemy” Paul McVeigh, Belfast-born novelist.
Toby Binder spent nearly two decades documenting the daily lives of teenagers in British working-class communities. Following the Brexit referendum in 2016, he concentrated his efforts in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After more than 30 years of bloody conflict during the so called “Troubles” a fundamental condition of the 1998 Peace Agreement is the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
This frontier will become an external border of the European Union after Brexit again. “Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” shows how kids in Northern Ireland often suffer the same problems no matter if they live in Protestant or Catholic neighbourhoods. Especially young people want to overcome the old patterns and live a life as they know it from other parts of Europe today. But they still live in place where violence, distrust and lack of perspectives is omnipresent.
Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast
The Shared Struggles of Belfast’s Youth
Toby Binder has been photographing the same young people – on both the Protestant and Catholic sides – observing and understanding the similarities in the lives of these working-class kids.
They share the same problems such as unemployment, drug abuse, violence, they drink the same beer, hear the same music, wear same clothes and have the same haircuts. And of course many political decisions affect both in the same way as it is not a matter of religion but rather of social injustice.
“Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast” shows the growing up of these teenagers as they approach adulthood over a long period of time.
Eyeshot Magazine #10 | Open Call Edition
This is the tenth issue of Eyeshot Magazine always in limited edition of 500 copies, showcasing the thoughtful and creative photographs of the 70 talented photographers who have been selected as the winners, jurors’ picks and finalists of the Eyeshot Open Call 2022. The artworks were chosen from over 6000 photographssubmitted from more than 100 different countries, making this a truly global showcase of street and documentary photography.
Toby Binder often focuses on working-class life by developing long-form documentary projects.Splitting his time between Argentina and Germany, he actively engages in both assignments and personal projects, documenting on topics of post-war and crisis situations as well as the day-to-day experiences of ordinary individuals.
With a unique ability to connect with his subjects, Binder brings to light the stories of resilience, strength, and humanity that are often overlooked. His photographic work provides a platform for the voices and experiences of those he captures, offering an intimate glimpse into their lives and the challenges they face.
The 2022 Eyeshot Open Call saw the submission of over 6.000 photographs by incredibly talented photographers from over 100 different countries. With the participation on an extraordinary jury composed of Marco Savarese, founder and editor-in-chief of Eyeshot, Magnum photographers such as Trent Parke and Emin Özmen, leading representatives of street and documentary photography scene – Vineet Vohra, Siegfried Hansen, Koci Hernandez , Mark Abramson and Isadora Kosofsky – and winners of the World Press Photo Award – Narelle Autio and Kitra Cahana – these artworks were selected for their visual storytelling, creativity, and style in conveying their unique observations of contemporary reality.
Street and documentary photography feel the urgency to elevate the streets of the world into theaters without requiring humans to perform. In front of each of these images, you can mirror yourself. Or you can also just look at them.
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