All posts by craigatkinsonstudio

UK based photographer, publisher (Café Royal Books), lecturer (UCLan), visiting lecturer (lots), and dad (x2). Generally concerned with street photography and places, usually Brutalist. Founded Café Royal Books in 2005. Publishes weekly titles focusing broadly on aspects of change, usually social documentary, in the UK, and between 1970 — 2000. Work collected by MoMA, Tate, V&A and many other international public, private and educational libraries, galleries and museums.

Talking Picture no. 20: Julian Watson — Daniel Meadows

As mentioned last time, the blog has moved…!

The latest Daniel Meadows movie from his archive at the Library of Birmingham, ref MS 2765. Shot at Daniel’s sister’s wedding in 1974, which is mentioned in The Bus: The Free Photographic Omnibus, 1973-2001, published in 2001.

Talking Picture no. 20: Julian Watson — Daniel Meadows

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Talking Picture no. 27: Peter Tatham by Daniel Meadows

A vertigo inducing movie from Daniel Meadows in Rochdale this week, and the book I will publish this Thursday matches it. Steeplejack 1976.

Talking Picture no. 27: Peter Tatham by Daniel Meadows

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I have been working on a new Café Royal site to try and combine the blog, archive and recent publications rather than have them in different places. So, here is the new site. I’ll be adding to the archive over time and for the next few weeks I’ll continue the blog here, but please start to follow the new blog,

http://www.caferoyalbooks.com/blog/

 

Talking Picture no. 26: Jim ‘Lewey’ Sutton — Daniel Meadows

Talking Picture no. 26: Jim ‘Lewey’ Sutton from the Daniel Meadows archive at the Library of Birmingham, ref MS 2765.

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Talking Picture no. 25: Charlie Sutton — Daniel Meadows

This Thursday I will be releasing the fourth book in the series of eight stories by Daniel Meadows Weldone Boiler Fluers 1976-1977. These eight are from the larger series of 40 that Daniel is releasing weekly until summer, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Free Photographic Omnibus; each a small part of his archive, held at the Library of Birmingham.

Charlie Sutton.

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Talking Picture no. 19: Italo Rigali — Daniel Meadows

Talking Picture no. 19: Italo Rigali by Daniel Meadows
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Another great movie from Daniel Meadows’ archive at the Library of Birmingham. Three weeks ago I was lucky enough to hear Daniel sing along, ‘live in Preston’, to Bollard Calypso.

Talking Picture no. 18: The Broxton Brothers — Daniel Meadows

The main pigeon man, resting in a wall.

Talking Picture no. 18: The Broxton Brothers

Robert and James Broxton, Easington Colliery, Co. Durham.  September 1974.

The Daniel Meadows Archive is at the Library of Birmingham, catalogue no: MS 2765.

Peter Dench — Trawlermen

In 1998, Photojournalist Peter Dench spent five days onboard The Allegiance, a 60 foot UK Scarborough-based trawler, fishing the North Sea, with a crew of five.  The future has since become extremely bleak for the English Trawlermen; huge areas of the North Sea have been declared ‘off limits’ and fishing quotas have been slashed in an attempt to rescue dwindling North Sea stocks from the point of extinction. These measures have jeopardised the jobs of those in the industry and put dependent towns, like Scarborough, on the brink of ruin. Dench returned to The Allegiance in 2005 to be reunited with the crew and to find out how the decline of the North Sea fishing industry has affected their lives.

“Being a Trawlermen is  tough; you spend weeks at sea and the income is unpredictable. Sleep is sporadic and the small bunks lie under the water line jammed next to the engine room. A metal box alone on the sea can deliver a feeling of vulnerability; in terms of fatalities, it’s the most dangerous job in the Britain.” Peter Dench

“Going to sea is like going to prison, with a chance at drowning besides” Samuel Johnson

Trawlermen was published today by Café Royal Books.

Please support Peter’s Kickstarter campaign which will allow him to publish a recent project, The British Abroad.

Talking Picture no. 23: Stanley Replies — Daniel Meadows

This week’s release from Daniel Meadows and Stanley Graham is proof of the value of engagement and collaboration. Stanley’s home made movie. Excellent.

If you’re new to Daniel’s work, please look at his Photobus website, and in particular, the digital storytelling section.

The Daniel Meadows Archive is at the Library of Birmingham, catalogue no: MS 2765.

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Talking Picture no. 21: Stanley Graham — Daniel Meadows

Stanley Graham and his engine, ideas for a ‘well balanced life’ and avoiding stress. Excellent, my favourite so far from the Daniel Meadows Archive (Library of Birmingham, catalogue no: MS 2765).

I’m publishing this Thursday Bancroft Shed Engine House 1976, by Daniel Meadows. More of Stanley and the engine then…

Talking Picture no. 21: Stanley Graham — Daniel Meadows
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