The Battle of Lewisham August 13th 1977 Cafe Royal Books


Syd Shelton’s important photos of ‘The Battle of Lewisham’ captures the provocative march by members of the far-right National Front through Lewisham and New Cross, multicultural districts in South East London.

The All Lewisham Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (ALCARAF) tried unsuccessfully to get the march banned by legal means through the High Court. Local activists and clergymen realised the only response they could offer was a peaceful counter-demonstration. On August 13th 1977 it became quickly clear that it would be impossible to avoid violent clashes as the NF made clear their determination to not be rerouted by the police and locals gathered to stop them. When the NF marchers eventually dispersed more violent clashes ensued.

Photographer and graphic designer Syd Shelton a ‘key activist in the Rock Against Racism movement’ studied Fine Arts in the UK and worked in Sydney, Australia in the early 1970s.  He established Hot Pink Heart/Red Wedge Graphics which evolved into Graphicsi Design. Award-winning books include A Day in the Life of London, and Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation. His work is held in the collections of the V&A, Tate, The Photographers Gallery, The Istrian Museum of Modern Art and Rock Archive

Limited edition photo book by Cafe Royal Books, an award winning publisher of documentary photography.

Created by Craig Atkinson, a photographer and Fine Art and Illustration lecturer, the photo books are collected by MoMa, The Tate, the British Library, Glasgow School of Art, the Martin Parr Foundation and the V&A to name a few. Craig’s clients include the New York Times, Dazed, Orange, GQ and the Royal Photographic Society.

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.


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36 pages
14cm x 20cm
b/w digital

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Weight 80 g
Dimensions 16.0 × 0.3 × 23.0 cm

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