Patrick DoyleMakina Books
Released: 5th September 2018
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Limited edition large-format paperback with loop binding. MAX collects photographs, video stills and text by Patrick Doyle. All profits go to Los Angeles LGBT Centre, who provided so much support for Patrick
It's with a heavy, yet glad heart that we offer Patrick Doyle's collection of personal and luscious photographs. In 2016, Patrick Doyle moved from the UK to Los Angeles to start a new life with Max Padilla, who later became his husband. After Padilla’s death in 2017, Doyle put together a photography book in tribute to his partner. After Doyle’s death in early 2018, Makina Books worked with Marion Herbain (Veronica Falls) to finish the publication.
MAX is a vivid glimpse of Doyle and Padilla’s lives together, shot in and around the couple’s Silver Lake home by Doyle on 35mm analogue film. Doyle’s eye for capturing the magic of everyday moments makes the images come alive with a sense of fun and warmth. While Doyle doesn’t appear in the photographs, there’s an unmistakable sense of his presence throughout, whether in Padilla’s sly smile, Doyle’s can of beer that’s been briefly abandoned to take a photograph, or the boner in Padilla’s boxer shorts. The book celebrates gay intimacy and sexuality, and is a poignant look at the lives of two beloved people who are gone too soon.
Patrick Doyle was a musician born in Scotland, who played in bands including Veronica Falls, Correcto and The Royal We. He made solo music as Boys Forever and Basic Plumbing. The Guardian recognised him as “a one-man greatest hits collection.” He died at age 32, in March 2018.
Max Padilla was an LA-based publicist and journalist, whose writing appeared in publications including from The Los Angeles Times and WWD. He died in September 2017.
I looked out of the window on Thursday morning and it was raining. Max didn’t like to drive in the rain, because he said that people in LA didn’t know how. It was an excuse I accepted gladly, knowing that staying home with him all day would be more fun than any road trip. So now when it rains, I think of those days I spent with Max, hiding indoors. Listening to records, running out to steal coffee creamers from the 7-eleven, or watching him dance around the living room in his underwear. And maybe then, the rain won’t seem so bad.
– Patrick Doyle, 2018