Rock Against Racism Live. 1977-1981 Syd Shelton Cafe Royal Books
‘Love Music Hate Racism’ Punk rock, reggae and protest came together in Victoria Park, London in Rock Against Racism, a challenge to ugly racist attacks and an increasingly powerful far right. Between 1976 and 1981, spanning five carnivals and hundreds of gigs, Rock Against Racism was photographed by Syd Shelton. His work is held in the collections of Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Café Royal Books, run by Craig Atkinson publishes limited edition Photobooks coveted by fans and collected by major institutions. They focus on British documentary photography. Craig explains ‘My aim is to create a focussed and complete archive of British documentary photography. I publish roughly 70 titles each year with a small edition ‘archive box’ every 100th title. These archive boxes are aimed at major collections, libraries and museums — helping to increase the visibility of the work and making the books publicly accessible for as long as possible. Collectors are wide and varied but include, MoMA NY, Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The British Library, The Hyman Collection, Martin Parr Foundation, TATE, V&A / National Art Library’.
printed in England
14cm x 20cm
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