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Article: Not the usual bog-standard blog post | June 2022

Not the usual bog-standard blog post | June 2022

Not the usual bog-standard blog post | June 2022

News, events and inspiration from the RRB Photobooks community.


Evelyn Abbew washing prints at the Ever Young Studio, c. 1954-56,  featured in Stories: Pictures from the Archive by James Barnor


RRB Photobooks at Arles

RRB Photobooks are heading to Rencontres d'Arles to celebrate James Barnor's first retrospective exhibition in France at the LUMA Foundation and the accompanying book, Stories: Pictures from the Archive (1947 - 1987) which we have co-published. 

We will be sharing a stand at the Capitole location of the Arles book fair from 4-9 July with our partners Maison CF, where we will have copies of James's previous book, The Roadmaker - shortlisted for this year's Historical Book Award.

Amak Mahmoodian will be on the stand on Saturday 9 July at 18:00 signing copies of Zanjir, which was the winner of The Best Photo-Text Book 2020 at the festival. 

We will also be showcasing some of our newest titles alongside limited edition portfolios for the first time by photographs including Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Markéta Luskačová.


Image featured in A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission by Peter Mitchell


Peter Mitchell at Tate Britain

Ten photographs by Peter are currently on show at Tate Britain as part of one of their displays, After Industry: Communities in Northern England 1960s - 1980s. The photographs, all part of the museums collection, are on display in Room 6 alongside work by Shirley Baker, Chris Killip and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen.

Peter was recently in Bristol and visited the RRB warehouse where he signed a small number of his books published by RRB Photobooks. You can now purchase these signed copies of Early Sunday MorningEpilogueSome Thing means Everything to SomebodyA New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission and Memento Mori.



Image featured in Belfast by Krass Clement


Krass Clement Irish Trilogy

“I am not a documentary photographer nor social anthropologist. I just do what I do and hope that the work speaks for itself. Maybe these days it is necessary to have a whole philosophy of how things are done and why, but that is of very little interest to me – a very distinct advantage of being old.”

The final instalment of Krass Clement’s Irish trilogy, Belfast, photographed over 30 years ago, is now available. The Danish photographer travelled to Ireland at the invitation of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in 1991 and in this period famously shot his landmark book Drum in just one evening on three and half rolls of film. In 2017, RRB Photobooks published Dublin from Krass’s previously unpublished photographs from this time, and Belfast has now followed. Krass is famously elusive but did a rare interview with the Eoin Murray for the British Journal of Photography in 2017 to coincide with a solo exhibition of his work The Lights Gleams An Instant at Photo Museum, Ireland. You can read the full piece here.

“All photography is, in a sense, a kind of self-portrait. To me, it is also deeply personal. Different moods, circumstances and environments affect what you perceive – so the similarities and differences relate to where you find yourself. If you ask Rudi, my publisher, he will say that it was the excellent Irish porridge that was the determining factor.”


BOP 2022 logo


Save the Date: BOP

7-9 October 2022 at Paintworks, Bristol

The next edition of BOP (Books on Photography) has been announced. RRB will be participating in the fair where we’ll launch Nosey Parker by Hannah Platt.

News of pre-orders for this book coming soon. In the meantime you can have a look at her work on her website and follow her Instagram for updates. 


Sarf Coastin, for The Face, 1997 © Elaine Constantine


Seminar Day success at MPF

Earlier this month our friends at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, delivered a full day of artists talks and discussions to launch the latest book from Gerry Badger and Thames & Hudson - Another Country, British Documentary Photography since 1945which focuses on the social and cultural history of Britain since the Second World War.

The seminar day featured thought-provoking talks exploring British documentary photography from a range of photographers who are represented in the book, including: John Bulmer, Hannah Starkey, Sunil Gupta, Elaine Constantine and of course Gerry Badger and Martin Parr.

The next upcoming event at The Martin Parr Foundation is 30 June, where MPF and The Royal Photographic Society are launching two new exhibitions; Where Have All The Flower Gone by Tom Hunter at the Martin Parr Foundation gallery, and This Is Not a Moment by Khali Ackford in the outdoor exhibition space.

See more details here.


Recent publications available from RRB Photobooks


Where to find our books in the wide world

We are pleased to announce that the Bookshop at the Martin Parr Foundation is now our Bristol retail stockist.

A reminder to our European friends that we work with ABC Cologne and a selection of our books can be ordered direct from them.