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Limited Edition Zine featuring the photos of New York born, John Benton-Harris.

John Benton–Harris was born in New York City, where he completed his formal education and obtained a diploma in commercial photography. However, he sees himself essentially as a self-taught photographer, whose commitment to “serious” photography dates back to his middle teens, although he received a scholarship from Alexey Brodovitch to attend his now legendary “Design Laboratory” at Richard Avedon’s studio in 1962.   His professional career as an Industrial Photographer with the Sinclair Oil Corporation started in 1961.   After a mandatory military service with the United States Army in Italy (also as a photographer) he took a European military discharge, to travel.  On his arrival in Britain, he took a staff position as a photographer with London Life Magazine in 1965, so he could take a longer, fairer, and deeper look at the English.   Today, John is still looking to explain man to his fellow man and to himself, on both sides of the Atlantic. He has no interest in a form of photojournalism that’s become confused in tabloid practice. John has lectured at art schools and universities, in both the UK and the USA. In 1987-88 he was appointed adjunct Professor of Photography at the University of Michigan’s School of Art. Now after 53 years of all-round creative activity, interest in his incisive imagery has escalated, and his views are now both sought and housed in numerous respected private and public collections in Great Britain, the United States, France and Spain’.  with thanks to John Benton-Harris.com

Café Royal Books publishes limited edition Photobooks coveted by fans and collected by major institutions. The Zines focus on British documentary photography. Café Royal is run and founded by Craig Atkinson.

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’.

36 pages
14cm x 20cm
black and white digital photography

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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 16.0 × 0.3 × 23.0 cm

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