Saturday, February 13, 2016
Café Royal Books | Archive One
Café Royal Books
Southport, UK: Café Royal Books, 2015
42.3 x 21.4 x 21 cm.
Edition of 10
Café Royal Books is a small independent publisher of zines, primarily photo-based, that is ran out of Southport, England. The operation began in 2005, and at peak times has released a new publication every week. These 28-page booklets are typically produced in small runs, with most being published in an edition of 150 copies. They are sold online and through bookshops in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, Canada and Switzerland.
Martin Parr has described the project as "a great archive of much forgotten documentary photography". The books predominantly document "social, historical and architectural change, using both new work and photographs from archives." Emphasis is given to work that "encourages new ways of thinking about existing material or language which demonstrates the importance of using, documenting, collecting and observing a particular process or thing."
Archive One was published in December of last year, on the tenth anniversary of imprint. The elegantly designed box includes the first 100 books of the current series, featuring works by Homer Sykes, David Levenson, John Claridge, Joni Sternbach, David Carol, Matthew Birchall, Geoff Howard, Patrick Ward, Marc Valée, Brian David Stevens and Craig Atkinson, who founded Café Royal.
It's available from the publisher, here, for £750.