A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers

093 - Martin Usborne

Episode Summary

London-based photographer, animal lover, recent dad and Hoxton Mini Press head honcho Martin Usborne, on the economics of book publishing, dog projects and the challenges of photographing a cow with a 5x4 camera. EPISODE SPONSORED BY: THE MARTIN PARR FOUNDATION AND THE CHARCOAL BOOK CLUB

Episode Notes

Martin Usborne studied philosophy and psychology and then began a career as a 3D animator before eventually turning to photography. HIs key interest is in man’s relationship to other animals. Although his imagery is sometimes dark – capturing the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from other animals – his pictures almost always strive for a subtle humour. He has produced several books including two which feature dogs: The Silence of Dogs in Cars and Where Hunting Dogs Rest.

As well as being a successful commercial and editorial photographer Martin runs the independent photo book publisher Hoxton Mini Press, with his wife, Ann. They began at the end of 2013 after Martin self-published his own photo book, I’ve Lived in East London for 86 1/2 Years, setting out to bring accessible, beautifully produced but affordable photo books about east London to a wide, non-specialist audience. Since then they have expanded that remit to other areas and topics and have turned Hoxton Mini Press into a thriving and distinctive inprint with almost fifty books to its name.

In episode 093, Martin discusses, among other things:


Jenny Lewis

Nick Turpin

Zed Nelson

Annie Leibowitz

Stephen Shore

Martin Parr

Dewi Lewis

Andy Sewell

Chris Dorley-Brown

Spencer Murphy

Dougie Wallace

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Hoxton Mini Press: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

“There’s an avoidance there. I love photography and being a photographer but there is a certain amount of fear in doing your own thing. And it’s sometimes easier to produce other people’s work. And to go out and to do your own project and it not be good is quite scary...”