Craig Atkinson was awarded MA with distinction in Fine Art in 2007. Since 2005 his practice has been predominantly photographic; using cameras to record ‘the street’ as an index of time and an important cultural reference. As well as people and ‘the rhythm’ of the street, Atkinson also records (mostly) Brutalist architectural structures and groupings and unapologetic masses. He considers photographic images in terms of abstract structure and composition.
Atkinson runs Café Royal Books, a publishing house he founded in 2005. He produces weekly photographic publications focussing broadly on aspects of change, usually within the UK. His work is collected by MoMA, Tate, V&A, and many other international public, private and educational libraries, galleries and museums. The books are available in shops worldwide. Martin Parr, photographer and chair of Magnum Photos recently described Café Royal Books as, ‘A great archive of much forgotten documentary’.
Atkinson is a lecturer at UCLan and a frequent visiting lecturer at many other UK universities. He regularly gives talks and takes part in discussions at photo events and festivals.