Hoxton Mini Press has been putting out this lovely East London photo series, my favorite of which is What I've Learned in 86 1/2 Years. In this book of photos and quotes we become acquainted with Joseph Markovitch, a gentleman who never left East London, but who traveled far via his love of books. Striking photos help you get to know a man you may otherwise have never heard of, and his brief musings on family, art, technology, and celebrities give you insight into his personality and values. This is something I plan to keep on my coffee-table for years to come, and go-back to whenever I need to lift my spirits.— Amy
Joseph Markovitch is a vulnerable old man with little in his life except a great sense of humor, an ability to walk all day, and a desire to talk to complete strangers on the way. He has left London only once (to go to the beach with his mother), is obsessed by Hollywood stars, has five sugars in his tea, wanted to be a ballet dancer (but ended up making suitcases), and has never had a romantic relationship. Although light in touch and humorous in tone, this book deals with a range of subjects, from relationships, family, and health to cinema, technology, and travel, in a way that is a thought-provoking and ultimately moving account of the modern world. The first and most popular of the Hoxton Mini Press titles.
Martin Usborne is an award-winning photographer and writer who lives and works in London. His work has been seen in galleries, magazines, books, and museums around the world. He has published five books and is the founder of Hoxton Mini Press.
About the Author
Martin Usborne is an award-winning photographer and writer who lives and works in London. He takes portraits, sometimes of people, often of animals and has had his work exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He has published 5 books. Joseph Markovitch lived in East London all of his 861/2 years. His wit and wisdom live on in this humorous and touching account of his life.