Craig Atkinson

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Born 1977

Leeds Metropolitan University 1999 — BA (Hons) Fine Art.

University of Central Lancashire 2007 — MA with Distinction in Fine Art Painting and Printmaking.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2018

Presented with the Vice Chancellor's Award for innovation in Teaching and Learning in 2017–2018 and nominated by students for a Golden Roses Creative Teaching award in 2019–2020.

Research submitted for Research Excellence Framework 2014 and 2021 including an Impact Case Study titled, Café Royal Books: Preserving, promoting and making accessible, at-risk post-war photographic archives.

I have been teaching at HE level, across Fine Art and Illustration since 2008, before which I taught at FE level from 2000. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire. I work as Visiting Lecturer at many other universities, across Publishing, Photography, Fine Art and Illustration.

Until 2004 I made paintings. My 'final' exhibition was alongside John Hoyland, John McLean and Maurice Cockrill. I then decided to return to drawing, exhibited internationally in parallel with working as an illustrator for clients including: The New York Times, Adidas, Orange, Esquire, GQ, La Cigale and Ju Musica.

Since 2006 I have been involved with making / using photographs. My photographs are in many international collections and are exhibited and commissioned frequently.

I set up the publishing house, Café Royal Books in 2005. CRB is collected, sold, and cited internationally as a primary resource for photographers, researchers, historians, and academics. More importantly, it gets the previously unseen work of many photographers seen. 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). There is a lot of information available online regarding CRB.

My work as Café Royal Books includes image research and sourcing, curating, design, editing, layout and sequencing, constructing narrative and publishing, alongside business including networking, finance, stock and logistics, global distribution and preservation. Café Royal Books is just me, since 2005 I have published over 700 titles.


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