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Portrait of Britain By various, Hoxton Mini Press, £20, 336 pages, hardback, ISBN 978-1910566381
When British Journal of Photography put out a call for portraits earlier this year, it received more than 13,000 submissions. Having whittled this number down to 200, the judges then chose 100 to be displayed on digital screens nationwide. It’s an interesting alternative to a traditional exhibition, and I’m sure it will turn heads at Britain’s rail hubs and shopping centres, but personally I don’t think you can beat seeing all the pictures in one place. Thankfully, Hoxton Mini Press felt the same because its latest offering, Portrait of Britain, contains all the shortlisted and winning entries. A handful of these pictures feature public figures – Greg Funnell’s shot of the late Professor Stephen Hawking is particularly striking – but most feature everyday people going about their business. Tom Oldham’s beautifully lit portrait of his son in the back of a car is among my favourites. ★★★★★