Not the usual bog-standard blog post | September 2022
News, events and inspiration from the RRB Photobooks community.
Makkah Foods, Brudenell Rd, Leeds, 2021, featured in Nosey Parker by Hannah Platt
“How refreshing to see this new book platform for emerging talent … and a welcome addition to the British documentary tradition.” – Martin Parr
Platform—created to support emerging voices in British Documentary Photography—is RRB’s new publishing project. Books published by Platform will draw upon the photographic legacy of RRB’s existing catalogue to help shape the documentary landscape of the future. The imprint’s first title—Nosey Parker by Hannah Platt—is now available pre-order and will be published in October.
Hendersons Cafe, Burley St, Leeds, 2021, featured in Nosey Parker by Hannah Platt
Nosey Parker events
8-9 October 2022 time TBC: book-signing at BOP Bristol
13 October 2022: book-signing at Colours May Vary, Leeds
20 November 2022, 19.00: Headrow House, Leeds talk and book-signing hosted by Miniclick
Yew Tree Inn (now closed), 1992 featured in A Year in the Life of Chew Stoke Village by Martin Parr
Martin Parr returns to Chew Stoke
24 September, 19.00 Chew Stoke Church Hall
Martin Parr will be returning to Chew Stoke village for an evening to celebrate the launch of his publication A Year in the Life of Chew Stoke Village. Martin will be in conversation with Robert Chesshyre to discuss the making of this work and share photographs from the project.
Further information here
On 24 September the Telegraph Magazine will publish a major feature on Martin’s return to Chew Stoke with Robert Chesshyre 30-years after the original project.
BOP 2022 logo
7- 9 October 2022, Paintworks, Bristol
RRB will be at BOP (Books On Photography), an annual festival joint hosted by the Martin Parr Foundation and The Royal Photographic Society. The festival welcomes over 50 photobook publishers and has programmed a full roster of events, talks, and book-signings. The event provides an opportunity to see our full catalogue, including new releases, and to meet the RRB team.
Scarecrow at night, featured in Some Thing Means Everything to Somebody by Peter Mitchell
RRB, would not exist without Peter’s Mitchell’s Scarecrows, and the genesis of this relationship is recounted here. Peter’s Scarecrows were the subject of RRB Photobook’s first publication Some Thing Means Everything to Somebody.
As Peter’s work has become more widely recognised, his Scarecrows have lagged in popularity with his followers, except amongst those in California and those working in the wider fashion world. Some print editions of his Scarecrow work are about to sell out, including Peter’s only scarecrow shot at night (pictured) of which we only have two of the edition remaining.
Image featured in Belfast by Krass Clement
The Secret of Reality - an interview with Krass Clement
“It’s not what it shows, but what it suggests that which is hidden in the layers below’
– Krass Clement
Interviews with Krass Clement are rare but we stumbled upon this recent interview for the Louisiana Channel which gives a rare insight to his philosophy and working practice.
A taxi at a bus stop on Ring Road, Accra, 1974, featured in Stories: Pictures from the Archive by James Barnor
James Barnor on the stage
Omnibus Theatre Clapham until 25 September 2022
Drum, a new play from award-nominated writer Jacob Roberts Mensah, follows the story of James Barnor’s time in London during the 1960s, and his friendship with fellow Ghanaian, broadcaster Mike Eghan. Thrown together by lives built far from home, the two rising creatives manoeuvre through their perception of identity, success, assimilation and home.
Further information here
RRB have partnered with Bristol based photographic shop Photographique to produce the signed and limited 10 x 8” prints, for the special edition of Nosey Parker. With more collaborative plans coming soon with Photographique we would like to thank them for being such generous partners.
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