Weekly photographic (and less frequesnt other) publications focusing broadly on aspects of change, usually within the UK. Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent publisher based in the North West of England.
Only the photographic books will be part of the Café Royal Books subscription and archive boxes.
Publisher / Editor
+44  7971 077 406
Café Royal Books on Wikipedia
"A great archive of much forgotten documentary from the 70s and 80s"
"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 That so much unpublished work is at last being seen, collected and entered into the archives of institutions is fantastic.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.
Ti Pi Tin
Claire de Rouen
The Photographers' Gallery
Colours May Vary
South London Gallery
Open Eye Gallery
First Age Comics
National Gallery of Scotland
Shetland Times Bookshop
2 Willow Road
Yellow Back Books
Little Paper Planes
Marfa Book Co.
Hard Workers Club
Parts & Crafts
Book Of Days
The Library Project
Koenig Books Cologne
Gallery and Library Collections
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.
All orders are processed securely online using PayPal. You can also use your credit / debit card through Paypal without having a Paypal account.
Shipping costs are as follows:
£2.50 — order total £0.01–£7.00
£4.00 — order total £7.01–£21.00
£5.00 — order total £21.01–£24.00
£7.00 — order total £24.01–£40.00
£10.00 — order total £40.01–£and up
If the order is very large and post will be a lot more than £10.00, I will contact you to arrange an alternative method and let you know how much extra it will be.
Paypal is basic and only allows for one shipping option, so to supplement international shipping, books are £1.00 extra each for international orders.
I use high quality all-board envelopes and twin-wall boxes. All items are either sealed in archival sleeves or wrapped in acid-free tissue paper before posting.
Your personal information will remain confidential.
You are covered by distance selling law. You will need to pay return postage and any refund except for damage or loss in transit (see below), will be minus the original postage cost.
Loss / Damage
I send all but very large orders using Royal Mail. Very rarely items are damaged or lost, in which case we are insured and can re-send or refund, but only under the following conditions.
Any non-arrival of items must be reported to CRB by email within 21 - 40 calendar days of the original order being placed.
Any damage to an item must be reported to me by email immediately upon receipt of the order. To process a claim for damage I will need photographs of the damaged packaging and goods (Royal Mail terms), and may need you to ship both back to us. Please keep all damaged goods and packaging until we have spoken with the Royal Mail.
Wholesale / Trade
I sell wholesale to shops, museums and galleries. Minimum order is 10 books. Discount is 40% excluding shipping. Shipping is based on weight and location. Payment is upfront and in full for your first order and 60 days in full thereafter. For many reasons, I no longer work on a sale-or-return, or consignment basis. All wholesale orders should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org noting your shop / museum / gallery and delivery address.