New Romantics London 1980-81 Virginia Turbett Cafe Royal Books


Virginia Turbett photographed everyone from the Sex Pistols to David Bowie, working for a decade on assignments for Sounds, Smash Hits, The Face and ID. She captured the fashion music fusion of punk, new romantics, the mods and more. Famously having photographed The Clash, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Prince, U2, Andy Warhol, Frank Zappa, Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, the Jam, Madness, David Bowie and Duran Duran. Her other interest has been ‘social reportage’ photographing the final days of Billingsgate fish market, demonstrations and marches and significant musical events such as Rock Against Racism in East London’s Victoria Park.

Founded by Craig Atkinson, Café Royal Books publishes limited edition photobooks coveted by fans and collected by major institutions. The photobooks 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.

36 pages
printed in England
staple bound
14cm x 20cm


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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 16.0 × 0.3 × 23.0 cm

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