Revival - Hoxton Mini Press Book

Revival: London 1989–1993', 96pp, cloth spine, 190 x 240mm. Photography by Roy Mehta. Introduction by Caryl Phillips.

Brent has a rich history of multiculturalism. Roy Mehta’s exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Afro-Caribbean and Irish, engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church. Shot from 1989–1993, the images move from profound moments of faith to quiet family settings to the noisy streets outside, reminding us of the continual opportunities for connection and reflection in everyday life.

‘Mehta doesn’t shy away from the sadness and difficulties of this foundational story, but his multiracial faces – taken in Brent, northwest London – remain  coloured with British dreams, and they exude a vitality which suggests that, although things are never going  to be easy, all will eventually be well.’ – Caryl Phillips from the introduction