Max Doyle is the most relaxed over achiever you have ever met. When he isnt shooting the likes of Catherine McNeil, Abbey Lee and Emma Balfour, you might find him publishing indie favourite Doingbird magazine or writing, recording and touring with his band SONGS (a band that Australian music legend Robert Forster of The Go Betweens recently compared to Pavement and Sonic Youth). Add into the mix 2 short film projects and 3 children, just to keep him on his toes. When he isn’t doing all of that, he likes to scrap book.
A habit he started in London in the 90′s while he was assisting, it has become some of his most interesting work yet. The haphazard manner and low fi art direction of his more personal images combined with his unique eye for finding beauty in the mundane and inanimate makes for an interesting snapshot into the world of Max Doyle.
Maxwell James Doyle
Current frame of mind:
I just got off a crazy long flight from NY. Who even knew they had flights that went through Dallas and then Brisbane before getting to Sydney? Not me until I got on the plane. Oh and they can’t find my luggage, so my frame of mind is a bit dazed and confused.
How did you get started in photography?
I started touring with bands in NZ when I was 16. Then I moved to Australia and kept playing music until I moved to London at the beginning of the 90′s. I kind of fell into assisting because I was desperate to get out of dodgy laboring jobs. I couldn’t believe my luck. One day I was cleaning up a filthy building site and the next I was getting paid to live it up in Miami. I think the 90′s was a good time to be in london. It kind of felt like the centre of the world. I assisted for a couple of years and then got a few breaks and went out on my own.
When did you first start scrapbooking?
Back when I first started shooting. You used to end up with a lot of polaroids at the end of shoot back then so it was natural to stick them in a book. Then I used to print all my own stuff so I had more things to stick in. For a while I was keeping journals but they were starting to freak me out so now I just stick to pictures.
Who has been your favourite person to shoot?
Michelle (Mother of his 3 beautiful children)
Natural beauty is … all around me
My scrapbooks are…
Now very important, and I’ve always just taken them for granted.
5 favourite songs ever written:
I really can’t think of 5 favorites. What are yours?
3 Best live concerts you have ever seen:
1. Talking Heads on the Stop Making Sense tour in about 82-83
2. The Clash on the Combat Rock tour around the same time
3. The third is a tie between Edie Current Supresion Ring at the Hopetoun Hotel about 5 years ago and the Pixies at the Brixton academy in 1990
The best thing in life is…
Always changing, right now it’s being home
In 10 years I hope that i can be… Happy
Astrid Berges Frisbey in Chanel for Doing Bird #17
A photographic exhibition, late 1990′s Sydney, Australia.
Missy Rayder and Emma Balfour
New York, 2000. Twin Towers
Doyle’s daughter Jemima
Left: Bondi. Right: Doyle’s daughter Jemima
An out take of Abbey Lee Kershaw from Vogue Australia May 2009
Left: Las Vegas. Right: Actor Benedict Samuel
Left: Brendan Huntley. Right: Roland S Howard – a personal favourite
From his DRUMS exhibition, 2011
Right: Tracy Emin
Salon Rosado, Cuba
Right: Julia Nobis for Doingbird #16
Scraps. An Exhibition by Max Doyle coming soon.
Polaroid by Ilona Hamer, New York, October 2013