The London Art Book Fair (September 6-9) is a four-day extravaganza at Whitechapel Gallery, with displays, discussions and performances from leading publishers in art and design. While the fair attracts publishers from around the globe, the host city is still well represented. Here are five London-based publishers not to miss at this year’s exhibition.
Hoxton Mini Press
Hoxton Mini Press – which began as a small independent outfit in East London – is now one of the city’s leading publishers of photography. Famous for thought-provoking collections of portraits, such as On the Night Bus and Urban Dirt Bikers (both 2017), Hoxton’s books transform the everyday into the extraordinary.
Ostensibly a publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction, Fitzcarraldo Editions is also recognised for its chic blue and white book covers. The West London publisher features fiction, essays and criticism on disparate subjects, including rivers, memory, literary translation and football. Blending high-brow art with contemporary popular culture, Fitzcarraldo is one of London’s most creative publishers today.
The Everyday Press
The Everyday Press is a South London-based publishing house created by artist Arnaud Desjardin. With an emphasis on the book as an object of beauty, each publication is unique in design and subject matter. Look out for Crosswords (2009), a collection of 168 puzzles with different black-and-white grid configurations, and The Foundations of Judo, the first English translation of Yves Klein’s iconic judo manual from 1954, originally published in French.
Walthamstow-based Walden Press is an independent publisher and print studio, who use hand-carved woodblocks to produce its illustrations and graphics. Combining traditional methods with playful designs lend Walden’s books, zines and posters an aesthetic that is both nostalgic and cutting edge.
Four Corners Books
Four Corners Books is an East London publisher that produces art books with “a story to tell”. Look out for the series Familiars – nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Awards in 2011 – which asks artists to reimagine book covers to classic novels, such as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The London Art Book Fair runs from 6-9 September at Whitechapel Gallery.
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