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The Big Issue

In 1991 when The Big Issue launched they didn’t realise they were starting a publishing and social revolution. This innovative concept publication has since changed the lives of thousands of homeless people through their simple ‘A hand up, not a hand out’ mantra. The Big Issue provides vendors with a platform to achieve life-enhancing steps forward in their journeys away from poverty and social exclusion. 

The Big Issue, now an essential and subsequently award-winning publication acknowledged for its campaigning zeal, honesty and truthfulness has shown that a publication marketplace existed on the street; a revolutionary business solution created in response to the social issue of homelessness. The Big Issue has succeeded over the decades because of the enterprising men and women who have contributed creatively and crucially those going out on the streets every day, in all-weather to sell the magazine, grabbing the opportunity to integrate back into society at often the bleakest of times.

A collection of The Big Issue's covers and photographs are on display in ‘The Big Issue 'Up from the Streets' 25 Years of a Publishing Revolution’ at Proud Camden.