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The reluctant father
Philip Toledano

The Reluctant Father, Philip Toledano

The Reluctant Father, Philip ToledanoThe reluctant father
Philip Toledano
Dewi Lewis Publishing

Text by Philip Toledano and Carla Serrano.


60 Pages
225 x 173 mm
ISBN 9781905928095


At the age of forty, photographer Phillip Toledano became a father. But as Toledano discovered in the minutes after his daughter was born, “There’s how you feel, and then there’s how you think you should feel…Was I overwhelmed in a tsunami of love? Not really.” Toledano’s book, The reluctant father, follows one man’s journey at the beginning of fatherhood. Over the course of his child’s first eighteen months, Toledano goes through torment, dismay, and confusion. He loses sleep, finds his relationship with his wife radically altered, and gets to know the ins and outs of the “baby industrial complex”. And throughout this process of self-doubt and guilt, we watch as he falls in love.

About the Artist
Phillip Toledano (b. 1968, London) is a British photographer living and working in New York City. As an artist, he works across mediums from photography to installation. His conceptual themes are primarily socio-political. Toledano has three monographs published on his artistic practice, with the most recent, ‘Days With My Father’, being received to critical acclaim.

About the Publisher
Dewi Lewis Publishing is a partnership owned and run by Caroline Warhurst and Dewi Lewis.Founded in 1994, its photography list has an international reputation and has included books by leading British and international photographers such as William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, John Blakemore, Paolo Pelegrin and Bruce Gilden. The aim of the company is to bring to the attention of a wider public, accessible but challenging contemporary photography by both established and lesser known practitioners. The company has a worldwide distribution network and is recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world.

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