Back at the dawn of 2013, we launched what we called a “fetching newspapery incarnation” of the Kentishtowner website.
There wasn’t really a long-term plan, just a hunger to see how far we could run with the concept of a publication dedicated to our favourite London neighbourhood (and home).
The idea that this fledgling print title might one day reach its 50th edition, let alone spawn a growing family of websites and newspapers elsewhere across the city (eight and counting, in fact), was as inconceivable then as the thought of producing issue two.
But here we all are. Kentishtowner is a firmly established read for tens of thousands. And yet we hope it’s never wavered from the original intent: to champion all the amazing things people do here, supporting the culture and diversity that make the wider area such an exciting – if still underrated – patch.
In celebration of this milestone, we’re revisiting and remixing our first ever front cover, by featuring further work from local photographer Jason Wilde’s Free Portrait Studio project.
Then (as now), we jumped at the chance to feature these shots of passers-by at the makeshift studios Jason regularly sets up across the borough of Camden. His simple images contain a wealth of cultural and community significance
Find out more inside, where we also pick our top ten front covers from over the years. Elsewhere we put the spotlight on the burgeoning food scene in Lower Holloway, review hot newcomer Neighbour in Kentish Town, and find out why one woman’s drawing every tube station in London.
Grab yourself a free, limited edition copy now.