Cardiff After Dark – Book – 1

Cardiff After Dark was published as a book by Thames & Hudson in October 2012 ( and is available from various international book retailers, including,, and the Book Depository (worldwide shipping).


  • a review written by Peter Finch – a well known Welsh poet and writer
  • a review by Susie Wild, a journalist, poet, performer and writer, and an Editor at Parthian Books.
  • a review by Sean O’Hagan in the Observer, UK
  • a short review in London’s METRO newspaper.


“Hilarious, dreadful and wonderful color images of youngsters getting mashed, trolleyed, legless—you name it!— in the course of some epic nights on the lash in the Welsh city centre. The romance, the tears, the fighting, the puking—to say nothing of the cost to the NHS—all observed with an appalled and graceful fondness.” — Geoff Dyer, an award-winning author and journalist.

One of the reviews from
“Everything you need to know about observation and capturing human moments is in this book. The images might look easy, but this belies technical expertise and compositional skill. These images were all captured at night, low light with no flash at high ISO. (I have discovered from experience how difficult this is).Their quality is therefore remarkable. But more importantly, the stories they tell bear repeated retelling. I can go back and see something new every time. I have read and re-read this book over and over. ‘Read’ because narrative is key; there are multiple stories within, between and along the images. And there is pathos and humour aplenty; Dakowicz is an observer, but also a participant in the carnival, as can be seen from the glances of some of his subjects.
It also helps that the book was designed by Jonathan Barnbrook and that the mise en scene is in Cardiff, just up the road from Newport, where I grew up.
Bravo Dakowicz and thank you. This is my new desert island book.” – Francis Fitzgerald.