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Dewi Lewis : Polly Braden : Holding The Baby


Overworked, under-appreciated and often vilified: it’s hard being a lone parent in a society still geared to the two-parent family.

And yet one in four families are single parent households. Around 90% are headed up by a single mother.

In the summer of 2019, Polly Braden, a single parent herself, started to document the day-to-day reality of what it means to be a single parent in the UK.

From one mother’s resourcefulness in converting a sitting room into a bedroom, creating a special space for her child to thrive, to the loneliness of being sole earner, teacher, playmate; Polly puts the distinctive culture of solo parenting under the spotlight.

Holding the Baby is a powerful collection of portraits; a moving expression of stoicism, anger, exhaustion, pride, compassion and love.


Polly Braden : Holding The Baby
Dewi Lewis Publishing
with words by Sally Williams & Claire-Louise Bennett
£18.00 Softback with jacket 240mm x 170mm 96pages, 56 photographs
ISBN: 978-1-911306-79-5



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