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About Us

RRB Photobooks is a photobook publisher and specialist bookseller based in Bristol UK.


RRB Photobooks publishing arm was established in 2015. We mainly publish overlooked, forgotten and under-appreciated British photographers of the 1970s and 80s, but are looking forward to publishing a wider variety of British documentary work over the next few years. We also facilitate print sales for a number of our photographers.

RRB Photobooks is seeking book proposals from documentary photographers whose work will sit well within our existing catalogue. Please email Please note we are unable to respond to all unsuccessful proposals.


As well as a carefully selected stock of new titles, we specialise in rare photobooks, German Photobooks, books from the German Democratic Republic and 20th Century protest and propaganda publications.

You can see a wider selection of our specialist titles at our dedicated ABE Books store

Please note that RRB are unable to purchase photobooks from private sellers.

The Team

Managing Director
Rudi Thoemmes

Rudi has worked with rare and antiquarian books for over 40 years, as well as working on several publishing ventures throughout his career. He founded RRB Photobooks in 2008, Photobook Bristol in 2013 and the RRB Photobooks imprint in 2015.

Josie Atkinson
Josie has been with RRB since 2014 and since graduating in 2017 has taken up full time role as publisher. Josie manages production schedules, co-ordinates with freelance professionals and keeps an eye on budgets, as well as maintaining and our social media channels.

Jessamine Thoemmes-Tondowski
Jess focusses on in house design, covering everything from brochures to book layouts. Jess also provides support for our rare & antiquarian book sections as well as our marketing activities.
Marketing Assistant
Rosie Dale
Rosie has recently joined our team to manage our social media. She has since expanded her role into all areas of online marketing, as well as assisting with in-house book production.

Luke Moran
Luke has joined us in 2020 to assist with order management, customer service and looking after our warehouse. He will also be expanding our antiquarian and rare book sections throughout 2021.
Finance Director
James Barnett
James has only recently joined is this year as Finance Director to support our growing business. James has worked with Rudi on a variety of ventures over the last 20 years and is a welcome addition to the RRB team.