Donovan Wylie (born 1971) is a British photographer from Northern Ireland, based in Belfast. His work chronicles what he calls "the concept of vision as power in the architecture of contemporary conflict" – prison, army watchtowers and outposts, and listening stations – "merging documentary and art photography".
Wylie's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum and The Photographers' Gallery in London, National Media Museum in Bradford, and Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; and is held in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Milwaukee Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Science Museum Group in the UK, Ulster Museum in Belfast, and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. He is a member of Magnum Photos.
Wylie has also made films – in 2002 he won a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for The Train, a 50 minute documentary written, directed and with cinematography by Wylie.
Wylie was born in 1971 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He started photography in his teens, and at the age of 16 he left school and went on a three-month journey around Ireland. These travels resulted in his first book, 32 Counties, published when he was 18. In 1992, at age 20, Wylie became a nominee of the Magnum Photos agency, then a full member in 1998.
Since 2000, he has completed various photographic and film projects exploring the religious identity, history, and the concept of territory, especially in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, post-ceasefire. His work has expanded over the years, and concentrates on the "architecture of conflict". His notable works include projects on The Maze Prison in Northern Ireland (2002 and 2007–2008), British watchtowers (2005–2006), and the Green Zone in Baghdad (2008). He has also worked in China, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Israel, and Yugoslavia.
The Guardian's review of Wylie's Vision as Power exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London stated: "Merging documentary and art photography, Wylie's images reveal both the impact of surveillance architecture on the natural landscape and the importance of surveillance in modern conflict."
In 2013, Wylie was a Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery, a residency that resulted in a body of American work titled A Good and Spacious Land.  An exhibition of the work opened there in June 2017 alongside work by Jim Goldberg.
Publications by Wylie
- 32 Counties: Photographs of Ireland.
- The Dispossessed. UK: Picador, 1990. With Robert McLiam Wilson
- Populations in Danger. UK: J. Libbey, 1992.
- Ireland: Singular Images. London: André Deutsch, 1994. ISBN 978-0-233-98899-3.
- Notes from Moscow
- Losing Ground. Fourth Estate, 1998.
- The Maze.
- British Watchtowers. Göttingen: Steidl, 2007. ISBN 978-3-86521-499-7.
- Scrapbook. Göttingen: Steidl, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86521-910-7. With Timothy Prus.
- Outposts: Kandahar Province. Göttingen: Steidl, 2011. ISBN 978-3-86930-321-5. With an afterword by Gerry Badger.
- North Warning System. Göttingen: Steidl, 2014. ISBN 978-3869307732.
Publications paired with others
- A Good and Spacious Land. New Haven, CT: Yale, 2017. ISBN 978-0-300-22299-9. A two-volume set with Jim Goldberg's Candy. With an introduction by Pamela Franks and essays by Christopher Klatell and Laura Wexler.
- The Train (Witness, episode 25) (2001), written, directed and with cinematography by Wylie – Channel 4/October Films, 50 minutes, produced by Liana Pomerantsev, Russian with English subtitles.
- YoYo (2002) – Channel 4/October Films.
- Jesus Comes To London (2003) – Channel 4/October Films.
- The 12th (season 1, episode 3) (2003), directed by Wylie – 10 minutes, produced by Fulcrum Waddell Media.
- The Maze, The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2004.
- Outposts, National Media Museum, Bradford, 2011; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 2012.
- Vision as Power, Imperial War Museum, London, 2013. Photographs from The Maze, British Watchtowers, Green Zone, Outposts and Arctic.
- 2002: Winner, British Academy Film Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Television Craft Awards, for "New Director - Factual" for The Train.
- 2009: Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010.
- 2010: Bradford Fellowship 2010/11 from Bradford College, University of Bradford and National Science and Media Museum, UK to make Outposts
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City: complete 80-picture edition of The Maze.
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 6 prints
- Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI: 3 items
- Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
- National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario: 4 prints
- Science Museum Group, UK: complete set of 42 prints from Losing Ground
- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: 6 prints
- Ulster Museum, Belfast
- O'Hagan, Sean (24 October 2013). "Spies like us: Donovan Wylie captures the impact of surveillance". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
- Pulver, Andrew (10 March 2010). "Photographer Donovan Wylie's best shot". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- "Candy/A Good and Spacious Land: June 15, 2017–August 20, 2017" Yale University Art Gallery. Accessed 30 June 2017
- "Candy/A Good and Spacious Land" Yale University Art Gallery. Accessed 30 June 2017
- "Exhibition History, 1971 - Present" (PDF). The Photographers' Gallery.
- "Outposts: Donovan Wylie".
- "Institute for Contemporary Art presents Larry Towell, Donovan Wylie, Afghanistan".
- "Donovan Wylie: Vision as Power" South Bank London. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Television Craft | New Director - Factual in 2002", British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Accessed 30 June 2017.
- "Deutsche Börse photography prize 2010: the shortlist" The Guardian, 29 October 2009. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "The 2010 Deutsche Börse Prize shortlist" Francis Hodgson, Financial Times, 27 February 2010. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2010: Drusilla Beyfus introduces the four nominees for this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize." Drusilla Beyfus, The Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2010. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Photographs of Afghanistan by Donovan Wylie will go on show at National Media Museum" Telegraph & Argus, 26 August 2011. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Donovan Wylie: Outposts - Bradford Fellowship 2010/11" National Science and Media Museum, 10 August 2011. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "The Maze/Long Kesh Prison: Sports field 2" Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "Collection / 80 results for "Donovan Wylie" out of 446,898 records" Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "You searched for: Wylie, Donovan" Victoria and Albert Museum. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "Collection Search: Wylie, Donovan" Milwaukee Art Museum. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Donovan Wylie: Irish, born 1971" National Gallery of Canada. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "Search the Collection" National Gallery of Canada. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "Donovan Wylie 1971" Science Museum Group. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "The Losing Ground Series" Science Museum Group. Accessed 24 June 2017
- "Donovan Wylie" Centre Georges Pompidou. Accessed 29 June 2017
- "Donovan Wylie (born Belfast, 1971)" Ulster Museum. Accessed 24 June 2017