The book “Kingdom of Hounds” is the culmination of 30 years of work by Irish photographer Tony O'Shea.
O’Shea set out to return annually to his home county to pursue the Kerry Beagle drag hunt.
Kerry beagles, one of the oldest native Irish dog breeds, are bred as hunters and trained by the local huntsmen. Shot over 30 years, the huntsmen photographed are O’Shea’s neighbours and friends, giving him a unique perspective on the community that an outsider would never achieve. Living in County Kerry, they are shaped by the harsh landscape in which they reside. Many of the huntsmen come from families who have been breeding and training hounds for generations and the rivalries between neighbouring hunts have been around for just as long.
Regarded as one of Ireland’s most important contemporary photographic artists, Tony O’Shea is interested in capturing the deeper truth to how people live. This is prevalent in Kingdom of Hounds, where O’Shea offers a locals perspective into the intricacies of the County Kerry hunt. Through gruelling weather, competitive tensions and celebrations, O’Shea’s delicate photography shows us the intimate moments of a community coming together to continue this deeply rooted tradition.
RRB Photobooks, 2023
h 203 mm x w 270 mm
Tony O’Shea Kingdom of Hounds RRB 2023
5 in stock