Hoxton Mini Press is an independent publisher making collectable art books about East London: the capital’s most colourful and diverse area.
The story began a few years ago when Martin Usborne, a Hackney-based photographer, saw an old man in Hoxton Square looking distinctly out of place amongst the neon-clad youth and asked to take his portrait.
So began an unexpected friendship. After many years of taking pictures and interviews Martin created a book about this tender old man who had lived in East London his whole life but had never had a relationship. The book called I’ve Lived in East London for 86½ Years sold out so quickly that Martin, with his wife Ann Waldvogel, decided to set up a publishing company, Hoxton Mini Press, dedicated to making art books just about East London.
They now work with a range of photographers, artists and writers to create quirky but elegant books that celebrate the character of London’s most exciting neighbourhood. They believe that books should be beautiful: as more information becomes virtual, the physical book is an object to cherish, collect and share.