Ibiza ’89 by Dave Swindells

14.05.2023 | Blog | BY:

IDEA, the publisher and bookseller of Dover Street Market London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, is back with its incredibly popular–sell out in the blink of an eye–coffee table book, Ibiza ’89 by Dave Swindells.

An expansive vibey photo book, the title perfectly captures the hedonism of the White Isle, as seen through the lens of Dave Swindells. Here, he documents one fun-filled week spent in and outside the likes of Pacha, Café del Mar, and Amnesia; after all, he’s famously been photographing nightlife and people since 1983. 

“It was easy to believe that almost anything was possible in Ibiza in 1989; that many of the big clubs put MDMA powder into their cocktails; that the music could jump across genres and not only be exciting, but better than the sum of its parts; that there was always another club or bar to carry on to as long as you wanted to carry on; that it didn’t really matter about your age or sexual preference or how much money you had if you came for the fiesta and the music (although it helped to dress up to get into Pacha, and only the wealthy could buy tables overlooking the dance floors there); that there was always a secret cove or beach where you could create your own party…And all of that was pretty much true.” Dave SwindellsSnapping the Brits abroad, Dave also recalls first-hand the story of the British guy in the pink shirt framed so perfectly in the mirrored morning light of Amnesia’s terrace, “When a group of Spanish clubbers turned up at the gate I went down on all fours and crawled in behind them. Boom! I was in! The girl in the photo with me was an Italian Princess. She was with a group of people who had water pistols filled with liquid E – it was mental! That was without doubt the best night of my life.”

Back by popular demand, the title it now on its third edition, with four times as many photographs in the new book and has been released this week as an edition of 1,200 at Dover Street Market London. 

Text: Felicity Carter


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