New book from Hoxton Mini Press reveals the beauty in badly repaired cars

Duct tape, plastic bags, cardboard: they all play a crucial role in the home-made repairs featured in Ronni Campana’s photo series.

Italian-born, London-based photographer Ronni Campana took the series of photos featured in Badly Repaired Cars around the streets of east London. The shots are taken close, so we never see the full car, just the home-made patch up.

With advertising constantly bombarding us with glossy, slick images of new cars, there is something reassuring about these images of bodged repairs, or temporary fixes. As Tom Seymour writes in the introduction to the book: “A bent aerial, a hanging wing-mirror, a smashed window; however hard we try, these events remain maddeningly out of our control. And yet there’s always places to go, things to do, a life to be lived. We must keep calm, do what we can, and carry on.”

From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
From the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana
Cover from the book Badly Repaired Cars by Ronni Campana

Badly Repaired Cars is published in late May by Hoxton Mini Press, priced £12.95. It is one of a new series of books from the publisher dedicated to “celebrating the best in bold, playful, art photography”. Info on all the titles can be found at hoxtonminipress.com.

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