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Taken Down in Evidence documents the working lives of the Irish police in three different parts of Ireland: urban (Dublin city centre), rural (Connemara) and border (Dundalk). Leo Regan spent 18 months with the Gardai, attaching himself to a unit and working with them on their often gruelling monthly rota of shift-work. This close association shows in the sense of trust that the photographer has established with the Garda. Leo Regan is a Irish documentary photographer and film-maker.
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This brilliant collection of images gives the most revealing insight yet published into the daily working lives of the Garda. This is the view from the back seat of a patrol car. Here there is violence, tragedy, sentimental humour, boredom and excitement. In addition, there are interviews with serving guards who speak with a frankness and a lack of inhibition seldom encountered before.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Chapter 1: David Meehan Uniformed Garda. 8 years service. "You learn to suss a person out a lot quicker than the ordinary civvy would. You know when a person is being genuine and you know when they're not. If a person is being up front you can see it straightaway. You get to read a person's mind from the way they handle or deal with you. You could add and subtract him on the spot. Everybody. You can spot the bullshitter. The guard will have him nailed in a second. He'll have an opinion of him. "We're inquisitive. We're able to ask questions. You've experienced it yourself. You walked into the station and nobody opened their mouth. Everybody was sizing you up straightaway. Not consciously but... have a look at this guy and see how he's operating. I'm not picking you out but your example is the best way to explain it. If you had come in and said, "Right lads. I want you to stand over here and take a photograph. I want you to do this." You'd be rubbing fellas up the wrong way. But you stood back. You were playing the same game as us. You didn't want to upset anybody. Just wanted to soak in and lend yourself into the environment without being noticed. I think that's the trick with the guards. That's the way to get things out of people. To read what's going on. Just sit back. Say nothing, and watch. "Everybody listens and watches but I think the guard does it in a different way. It's not like the old lady in the bus trying to listen into someone's conversation. I think we are suspicious, not suspicious in, 'Is he a criminal or not?' We're always trying to get as much information about whatever it is, as quickly and efficiently as possible. It's something we do naturally. I don't know how it happens. I wouldn't say we are trained to do it. But that's one thing your existence in the guards will teach you.
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Book Description Leo Regan. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Good. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Seller Inventory # G0717123286I3N00
Book Description Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1995. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 140pp. Large 8vo. Photographic record of daily working lives of the Gardai with accompanying interviews. Black and white. One corner sl bumped; very good softcover. Seller Inventory # 5196
Book Description Gill & Macmillan, 1995. Paperback. Condition: Very Good-. Card wraps, slightly worn to top and bottom of spine and along edges, largish crease to bottom right and minor crease to top right of front corner, no ownership name and internally clean, binding tight. ; 9.53 X 7.40 X 0.31 inches; 141 pages. Seller Inventory # 31232
Book Description Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1995. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. First printing. Gives revealing insight into the daily working lives of An Garda Síochána. Photographs plus interviews with serving guards who speak with a frankness and lack of inhibition seldom encountered in Ireland before. 140 pages. Seller Inventory # 007124