Café Royal Books was set up by Craig Atkinson in 2005. Based in Southport, he publishes around 15 short run artists’ editions a year. The mostly black and white photographs and drawings form an eclectic library ranging from China Slides to Geriatric Kama Sutra. Uniformly presented as stripped-back zines and wordless save for title and artist, each fascinating little book is produced on quality paper with a smooth finish.
Recently Atkinson’s been working with various artists who examine and document aspects of Britishness. David Levenson’s British Rituals is a wonderful selection of unexplained snapshots of staring bridesmaids, processions with disembodied antlers and brass bands in supermarkets. Mark McNulty’s Ten ‘til Late is a dilated-eyed trip around the UK clubbing scene in the 1990s, showing curtained-haired boys and crop-topped girls in all their sweaty glory. John Claridge’s East End Graphics is a tour of scribbled, engraved, sprayed, painted and wrought signs around the streets.
For a few years Atkinson has been buying second hand cameras, processing the film, scanning the negatives and so ending up the first person to see the photographs. America is an edited collection of found film and slides that, when placed together, create a strange journey through things other people deemed worthy of shooting.
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- David Wilson directs deeply moving film B.E.N. about using AI robots to tackle loneliness
- Art and About: Charlotte Trounce celebrates the architectural beauty of museums and galleries
- Riikka Laakso’s screenprinted zine is a tribute to Moomin author Tove Jansson
- Sandy Van Helden’s illustrations of contemporary culture
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design
- Juan Aballe’s photographs of pastoral landscapes filled with wanderlust
- Exclusive first interview with new UK Vice.com editor Jamie Clifton