Weekly photographic publications focussing broadly on aspects of change, usually within the UK.

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© Café Royal Books
2005 - 2015

Craig Atkinson
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Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent publisher based in the North West of England. I make well finished, affordable, limited and collectible photo books / zines.

I'm interested in publishing work that documents an aspect of change, be it social, historical, architectural or otherwise. I publish both new work and photographs from archives.

At present I release a book every Thursday, with occasional extra editions or special projects.

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Craig Atkinson.

"A great archive of much forgotten documentary from the 70s and 80s"
Martin Parr

"NW England's Café Royal Books -- which releases a book every Thursday (!!) -- is one of the best indie photo publishers operating right now"
Pete Brook, Prison Photography

"I think CRBs books have an honesty and rawness, which sadly is lacking in many publications today. Also they seem to be acquiring cult status. And, of course, a real pleasure to work with."
John Claridge, Document Scotland

"No doubt that Café Royal Books is fast becoming the most important supporter of British photography in 2013"
Grant Scott, The United Nations of Photography

"Best small run publisher in the world".
Paul Rigas, 2013

"It is very hard to become a production powerhouse, consistently releasing titles every few weeks…its another level entirely when what your releasing is so fucking good - and important.
I can completely see a few years down the line all of Cafe Royals books being compiled into an incredibly important book or exhibition. These are incredible social releases and i dont forsee that changing anytime soon. Get whatever you, whenever you can because not only are these documenting historic images, but they are becoming important historic documents themselves. "
Tim Head, Artist, Producer, Curator, Publisher, London 2014

"At a time when digital images are available instantly most everywhere, these slim, softcover volumes still bring a thrill. They have a samizdat feel, a natural urgency that leaves me torn between clinging to my lone copy and pressing it on someone near to me." John McIntyre

"...the work you are doing with Café Royal Books and British documentary photography 1970-2000 is very important. That so much unpublished work is at last being seen, collected and entered into the archives of institutions is fantastic. Apart from the enormous amount of pleasure you generate, what you have done and are continuing to do will give researchers of the future some quality material to get their teeth into. You are literally making a new history. And I love it."
Daniel Meadows, 2015

These are outlets that have stocked CRB titles. Some have up-to-date stock, some might have final copies of older titles. I try to keep this up-to-date but please call the shop before travelling.

Foyles Books
RIBA Bookshop
Good Press
Ti Pi Tin
Impressions Gallery
KK Outlet
Claire de Rouen
Donlon Books
Koenig Books
Village Bookstore
IDEA Books
The Photographers' Gallery
Serpentine Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery
Colours May Vary
South London Gallery
Open Eye Gallery

Little Paper Planes
Printed Matter

Hard Workers Club
Art Park
Parts & Crafts

Book Of Days
Booklet Press

Art Metropole

The Library Project
Koenig Books Cologne
Yvon Lambert
Die Nacht
Dama Aflita

Kunsthalle Basel

Gallery and Library Collections
Tate Gallery
The National Art Library,Victoria and Albert Museum
The British Library
Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
National Library of Scotland,Edinburgh
Glasgow School of Art
Camberwell College of Arts Library
London College of Communication Library
Leeds University Special Collection
University of the West of England
University for the Creative Arts
University of Central Lancashire
Winchester School of Art
Centre for Fine Print Research Special Collection
Bodleian Library at Oxford University
Cambridge University Library
National Library of Scotland
National Library of Wales
Trinity College Dublin

Faculty of the Arts,University of Porto, Portugal

Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
Barnard College Zine Library,NYC, USA
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA
The National Gallery of Canada
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,Kanazawa, Japan
Booklet Press, Japan
University of New South Wales, Australia

Exhibitions, Fairs and Workshops
Please sign up to the mailing list for information about specific fairs including dates and participants. I take part in many book fairs internationally. My books are often included in exhibitions, and I frequently give lectures and workshops at universities and galleries about my practice and publishing.

Here is a list, currently being updated, of all titles so far. If you know of a book that should be on the list, published before the last date shown, please get in touch; I know there are a few books missing.