Café Royal Books

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Now open!
Celebrating the work of Café Royal Books, an independent publisher dedicated to post-war photography from Britain and Ireland.

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Café Royal Books

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Now open!
Celebrating the work of Café Royal Books, an independent publisher dedicated to post-war photography from Britain and Ireland.

Founded by Craig Atkinson in Southport in 2005, Café Royal Books has been producing affordable weekly publications since 2012. Spanning more than 600 issues, there is now a large, unique printed archive of documentary photography with historical significance, often featuring previously unseen or overlooked work.

Published photographers include Daniel Meadows, Shirley Baker, Martin Parr, Chris Killip, Janine Wiedel and Jo Spence, as well as many less well-known photographers. Many of the Café Royal Books artists have exhibited at The Photographers’ Gallery previously.

Browse a selection of Café Royal books on display and flick through at your leisure.

We also have plenty of books on sale in our bookshop and online.

I want them to be affordable, democratic, useful and functional. I’m not into publishing decorative things or something so expensive that most people can’t afford them. Someone once said they’re often less than the price of a London pint, so I use that as a measure.

Craig Atkinson

Podcast - Photography Down The Line with Craig Atkinson from Café Royal Books, by Stills: Centre for Photography

Colour photograph of a Cafe Royal Books cover of Shirley Baker photographs of punks

Buy a book

Our Bookshop has a fantastic selection of Café Royal Books in store and online. Prices start at £6.

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