Leo Regan: Taken Down In Evidence – Ireland from the back seat of a car

  October 1995

Front cover of the book Taken Down In Evidence. Bottom image is of a Dublin housing estate from the back of a Garda patrol van 1994

This brilliant collection of images gives the most intimate and revealing insight yet published into the daily working lives of the Irish Police. This is ‘the view from the backseat of a patrol car’. Leo Regan has captured the reality of the Gardaí’s working lives with a dramatic fidelity never before seen.

Prisoner in Garda Detention room. Dublin, Ireland, 1993.

Prisoner in Garda Detention room. Dublin, Ireland, 1993.

Here there is violence, tragedy, sentimental humor, boredom and excitement – all captured in a series of discerning photographs. In addition’ the author speaks to serving Guards with a frankness and lack of inhibition seldom encountered before. Taken Down In Evidence is an outstanding documentary record.

 

”It’s important not to leave marks. You’ll notice whenever we hit anyone, we never hit them with the fist. Always a slap with the open hand. That’s what we call a bit of hiding nowadays. A boot up the back end. Years ago they nearly killed lads in the cells. Before you finished your shift, you’d be told ‘Get the mop out, clean the walls and floors down’. There’d be blood all over the place. Nowadays I can honestly say, in the last ten years, I’ve never seen anyone get a bad hiding.” – Quoted from Taken Down In Evidence , the words of a police officer.

Attempted Suicide. Dublin, 1994.

Attempted Suicide. Dublin, 1994.

Leo Regan , the author and photographer of this book is a Dublin-born photographer mainly based in London. His previous book Public Enemies generated much controversy.