With a foreword by Sir Bob Geldof and photography by British portrait photographer Harry Borden, Hoxton Mini Press-published, Single Dad, is a testament to the many men out there raising their children alone; philosopher Alain de Botton calling it “a beautiful book, filled with humanity and compassion, and proof of the deep love that fathers have for their children.”
Raw and tender portraits fill the 104-page hardback, coupled with touching tales of love, loss, hopes and fears that eschew the adage of how the working father inevitable winds up as the emotionally distant dad. Borden, himself a separated father of four, has brought his own experience to the emotive publication, snapping 48 single fathers and bringing to the forefront of the image their vulnerabilities and devotion.
Though each one has suffered a loss of sorts, Single Dad is a celebration of how, despite heartache, their children have helped them to find a renewed sense of purpose and innate ability to nurture and love; quashing all out-of-date notions of masculinity, and demonstrating to the reader firsthand what it is to be a man in the modern world.
Powerful and touching, emotional and inspiring, this touching tome opens the door on a way of life familiar to many, yet oft-overlooked in the cultural zeitgeist. A document of men at their best, Harry Borden’s Single Dad is available now from Hoxton Mini Press.