Syd Shelton: Street Portraits

Street Portraits is a new Zine by Syd Shelton, published by Café Royal and edited by Craig Atkinson.
Syd Shelton is a photographer and graphic designer. He studied fine art at Wakefield College of Art. In the early 1970s, he began his photography practice following a move to Australia. In Sydney, Syd worked as a freelance photojournalist for newspapers such as Nation Review, Tribune, and Digger. In 1975 he had his first solo photographic exhibition ‘Working Class Heroes’ at the Sydney Film-makers Cooperative.

In 1976 Syd returned to London and established the design and photography partnership ‘Hot Pink Heart/Red Wedge Graphics’ which evolved into his current company ‘Graphicsi’. Syd becomes one of the key activists in the Rock Against Racism movement (RAR). He was a photographer and one of the designers of the RAR magazine Temporary Hoarding (1976 to 1981). During the 1980s he produced photographs for the press, graphics for the public and private sector.
He also was co-editor and art director of a series of photographic books that included the award-winning Day in the Life of London, and Ireland: A Week in the Life of a Nation.

A portrait of Syd Shelton

His work has been widely published and is in numerous public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Istrian Museum of Modern Art, Rock Archive, Eric Frank Fine Art, and Autograph.
In 2015 a book of Syd’s RAR associated photographs was published by Autograph, Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism and accompanied by the touring exhibition of the same name.

Café Royal Books is a publisher of weekly limited edition, democratic, affordable, and useful Photobooks, and Zines. Broadly focussing on British Documentary Photography. Run and founded by Craig Atkinson, 2005.

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