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BOB WATKINS New York City 1980–2005

New York City 1980–2005 was published in 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a first edition.

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BOB WATKINS New York City 1980–2005

BOB WATKINS New York City 1980–2005 is a Café Royal Books publication.

New York City 1980–2005 was published in 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a first edition.

“The majority of these pictures are from my first visit to New York in August 1980 when both the city and myself were out of money and there was a sense of danger on every corner. Emerging from the subway onto Fifth Avenue for the first time I was assaulted by the humidity, stench and magnitude of that canyon. It was like stepping into Springsteen’s Born to Run album for real. Garbage and broken people filled the streets as I walked the same sidewalks as my photographic heroes and drank Dr Pepper to replace the sweat.

Democratic Convention rallies and Iranian hostage demonstrations added extra visual opportunities but really the unpredictability of those streets is what I remember the best. Anything could happen and sometimes it did.”


Published By Café Royal Books

Café Royal Books is an independent publishing house set up by Craig Atkinson in 2005. He is based in Southport, England. CRB release regular publications with the broad subject of British Documentary Photography since 1960. This includes international photographers who work within the British Isles. Alongside photographers from the British Isles who work internationally. There are a few exceptions, with titles that sit alongside this general theme.

This type of work has historically been neglected by both photographers and institutions. Café Royal Books aim is to source, gather, and re/present this work as a collective whole. And, thus, give it a wider audience. CRB publish at least one title every week, presenting, generally, one series by one photographer.

The books combine elements of zines, photobooks, artist books and educational resource. The books are affordable, democratic, utilitarian and useful. They come out regularly and in small editions. So, great to collect.

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28 pages

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14 x 20 cm


Café Royal Books


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