Thu. Sep 23rd, 2021

When Sicilian artist Mimi Mollica started out in the 90s, he wanted to be a war photographer. Much of his award-winning work today does cover social issues, but his new book, East London Up Close (Hoxton Mini Press), reveals that his eye is caught by the joyfully superficial too.

Mollica is now based in Hackney and these snapshots of local street life show “an impulsive visual mosaic of east London”. The project started not with a concept but with an urge to dive into crowds: “I wanted to flirt with people, shoot anything that seemed telling.”

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