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6 eye-catching images of Dublin's 'vanishing' buildings by photographer David Jazay

“I felt that the city was once again changing fast.”

MANY OF US are familiar with Dublin city’s changing streetscape, but few know it as well as David Jazay.

A photographer and film-maker, Jazay’s photographic work focuses on our changing urban and rural environment, which lead him to create a high resolution photo series dubbed “Dublin Before the Tiger” in 2014. 

Now, the German is working on another series of how the capital’s landscape has changed yet again. For large-scale architectural work, he has developed a unique system in which multiple medium-format negatives are composited, yielding a final high-resolution image.

“Ever since I returned to Dublin five years ago to promote the series, I felt that the city was once again changing fast,” he tells

“I tuned my antennae to vistas that looked like they were under imminent threat of demolition, or just places that spoke to me of a Dublin that once was, places that retained an authenticity before the sweep of full on globalisation.

As it turned out, many of these places I photographed from 2014 onwards are now gone, others likely to irrevocably change in the building boom that has gripped the city.

Below, Jazay (@DavidJazay) shared six of his photos from the series of Dublin’s “vanishing” buildings over the years, from pubs to the iconic Boland’s Mills. 

1. The Moy, Dorset Street, Dublin 1 in 2014

2014_Dorset Street, The Moy, Dublin David Jazay David Jazay

2.  Boland’s Mills, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4 in 2014

2014_Boland's Mill Dublin David Jazay David Jazay

3.  North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 in 2015

North Wall Quay, Dublin 2015 David Jazay David Jazay

4. North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 in 2015

North Wall Quay, Dublin 2015 David Jazay David Jazay

5. Vallence & McGrath, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 in 2014

North Wall Quay, Dublin 2014 Vallence and McGrath David Jazay David Jazay

6. Fegans Cash & Carry, Smithfield, Dublin 7 in 2014

Fegan's Cash and Carry, Dublin 2014 David Jazay David Jazay

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