RORY CARNEGIE Autoportraits London 1982

Autoportraits London 1982 was published in July 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a second edition.

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RORY CARNEGIE Autoportraits London 1982

RORY CARNEGIE Autoportraits London 1982 is a Café Royal Books publication.

Autoportraits London 1982 was published in July 2021, is 14cm x 20cm and has 36 black and white pages. This is a second edition.

“I started making the Autoportraits series in 1982, working with a 35mm analogue camera, using b/w film. I was working on the series in London, where I was studying.

‘Autoportraits’ were made using a long cable release. Each person participating was asked to show himself or herself as they wanted. They would choose the background and where they wanted the camera positioned and with the cable release would determine the moment of exposure.

I was interested in, whether, with this transferral of power, the subject would alter his or her mode of self-representation and compose a new mask. The longer the exposure required, the more the subject grew into the picture and the less I was involved.” Rory Carnegie


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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