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© Café Royal 2005 - 2014

Craig Atkinson
Publisher / Editor
+44 [0] 7971 077 406

I founded Café Royal in 2005 as a way of disseminating my own work quickly, in multiple and alongside exhibiting work in galleries. Café Royal Books is an independent publisher based in the North West of England. I specialise in making very well finished, affordable, limited, collectible editions. I deal mainly with photography, in it's broadest sense, and occasionally publish drawing.

I'm interested in 'the book' as a container or display mechanism for otherwise unrelated material; as a vehicle to creating a new narrative and as a way of disseminating and communicating information. I am also interested in using the book as a marker, in a social or historical sense and as a way of creating new audiences.

Craig Atkinson.

"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, 2013, Document Scotland

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

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

"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, 2013

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, just incase.

Foyles Books
ICA Gallery
Good Press
Ti Pi Tin
Claire de Rouen
Donlon Books
Koenig Books
Village Bookstore
November Books
IDEA Books
AA Bookshop
Brick Lane Books
The Photographers' Gallery
Serpentine Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery
Colours May Vary

Little Paper Planes
Printed Matter

Hard Workers Club
Art Park
Parts & Crafts
Motto Melbourne

Book Of Days
Booklet Press

Motto Vancouver
Art Metropole

The Library Project
Koenig Books Cologne
Yvon Lambert
Die Nacht
Motto Berlin [+ distribution]
Motto Charlottenborg
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

Cut+Paste, Laurence King
Behind The Zines,Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH &Co.KG,Germany
The Book Arts Newsletter,No. 66,International
Quotation Magazine,Toru Hachiga,Japan
Zine Culture,Phoenix Magazine,London UK
Elle Magazine,Interview,Korea
Artists Newsletter,Liverpool Biennial 2010,UK [written]

Exhibitions + Fairs
Café Royal publications are available at many book and zine fairs globally. My books are available internationally and taken to fairs by shops and distributers so it's impossible to track every fair Café Royal publications are available at. I tend to be present at most major UK book fairs. Please sign up to the mailing list for information about specific fairs including dates and participants.

Lectures,Workshops and Residencies
Artist in Residence,Extrapool,Nijmegen,The Netherlands
Zines + Self Publishing,Tate Gallery, Liverpool,UK
Self Publishing + Illustration,Cheltenham Illustration Awards
Drawing + Publishing,Birmingham IAD
Drawing,University of Porto –School of Fine Arts,Porto,Portugal
Zines + Self Publishing,Tate Liverpool,UK
Drawing and Self Publishing,University of Central Lancashire,Preston,UK

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