Kris Hollington spent 15 years as a crime journalist and author in London before picking up a camera in the wake of a breakdown. “I’d been investigating a series of particularly horrific cases of child abuse and the stress started to manifest physically. I developed eye trouble, to the extent that I couldn’t see my computer screen,” he says. “I had to stop, change direction. Then I found photography. The camera allowed me to regain my vision.”
The pandemic hit just as Kris was getting into his photographic stride. Taking to the streets on his bicycle, he travelled further and further afield, covering areas that didn’t often attract street photographers, areas such as Tottenham, Peckham, Shepherd’s Bush and Leyton. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Magnum Agency photographers (“I followed their work for years before picking up a camera”), he eventually built up a remarkable document of London in 2020. Arts Council England agreed, fully backing his idea to produce a book that would mainly be donated to libraries. “I’m often frustrated by how often photo books sell out and then go for astronomical prices on auction sites. One solution for me was to go and order rare books from the British library and look at them in the reading rooms but not everybody has the time for that. I really wanted mine to be easily available, so thought why not donate them to libraries?”
Edition of 600 copies (of which 500 were donated to libraries). Signed copy.