Friday, 12 April 2019
Hoxton Mini Press is publishing a new book about the past East End. It's called "The East End in colour 1980-1990" and its author is Tim Brown. I haven't had a chance to flip though a hard copy as it is only available to pre-order online at this stage. Tim Brown had been assisted by our dear Chris Dorley-Brown in the editing. Another classic? Another best-seller?
Saturday, 6 April 2019
Last leg of this series between the DLR's Prince Regent' station to Forest Park's Wanstead Park station. It has taken me too long to complete that final chapter but having a second child is more than a full time job on top of your job! Very interesting walk in an area new to me. The vibes, colours, architectures, communities keep changing every kilometre. The route is quirky and it reveals a dignified old East End. Old merging with new in some parts, old erased for new and old waiting to be demolished for new. It is a very hybrid urban landscape full of life.
Friday, 12 October 2018
Two new releases with Hoxton Mini Press.
First publication of The Isle of Dogs, before the big money from Mike Seaborne.
I haven't seen this one personally but the preview looks pretty good and perfectly adapted to Mike's visions.
Second book East London Photo Stories, One neighbourhood 14 photographers is a compilation of previous monographs to celebrate Hoxton Mini Press' five years of existence. This small publishers has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted to see few of the collective being finally recognised for their long and dedicated love of photographing the East End.
Buy those books online or from most main London bookshops.
Sunday, 7 October 2018
AS FOUND FROM PHOTOMONTH PROGRAM
George Green's School, 100 Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs, London , E14 3DW
Island Gardens DLR Station
Sat 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri 10.30am-3.30pm
20 Oct - 26 Oct
ISLE OF DOGS : BEFORE THE BIG MONEY
This exhibition marks the publication by Hoxton Mini Press of Mike Seaborne's new book, Isle Of Dogs : Before The Big Money. The photographs were taken in the early 1980s and capture both the environment and the people of the Isle of Dogs before the advent of Canary Wharf and global finance transformed the area forever.
Monday, 23 July 2018
The very Western part of Barking Road is beyond recognition. Or, shall I say the bit by Canning Town station is. Tall buildings have burgeoned after the Olympics and the pattern seem to be pursued South towards Silvertown. Nice little touches here and there of famous locals that embody the spirit of the East-End in a very flashy fashion. As you walk under the A13 and start your journey of the Barking Road Eastbound all that sense of celebration and new has disappeared, you enter the real thing.
Barking Road still has it I guess compare to Romford Road. Lots of shops, a very cosmopolitan environment and lots of people in the streets. Barking Road is not only a commodity, it is also a community. Lots of contrasts between old and new, poverty and betting shops, ancient landmarks and new projects. There is a vibe, there is friction, there is life. New plots become available, new grounds are being constructed such as the Boleyn Grounds where stood not long ago West Ham football Club.
Poverty and loneliness seem more apparent though because of its vibrance, they usually good and in hand. You enter and leave various sections of the new Eats-End but there is a nice flow to it as if Barking Road was an umbilical cord. The end of the road feels a bit more lonely, more vacant. As you cross the Northern Circular you enter Barking and the constructive landscape doesn't seem to stop where ever you look.