Liverpool-based Bluecoat Press has been publishing high quality photographic books since 1992.
In recent years, Bluecoat Press has specialised in publishing the work of British photojournalists and social documentary photographers including John Bulmer, Peter Dench, Bert Hardy, Jim Mortram, Tish Murtha, Paul Trevor and Patrick Ward. The books are available from many bookshops and galleries and can be ordered online.
Find out more about Bluecoat and founder Colin Wilkinson in this interview by Beyond Words Books.
Why we love Bluecoat Press
We love Bluecoat’s commitment to social documentary and British (especially Northern) history and culture. The press has featured many important photographers that have been overlooked, such as Tish Murtha and John Bulmer. Masters in the art of the Kickstarter campaign, Bluecoat make photobook publishing more sustainable for photographers, and their books are always fascinating and beautifully produced.
Coming soon: Being Inbetween by Carolyn Mendelsohn
We can't wait to see the photobook of Being Inbetween, which will be exhibited at Impressions Gallery January to March 2021. Carolyn Mendelsohn's portraits of girls aged between ten and twelve explore the complex transition between girlhood to young adulthood.
Hardback 250mm x 190mm (portrait format)
Foreword by Zelda Cheatle and essay by Anne McNeill, Impressions Gallery.
Juvenile Jazz Bands by Tish Murtha
Juvenile Jazz Bands is the final part of Tish Murtha’s Newcastle trilogy published by Bluecoat Press and the subject of her first exhibition at the Side Gallery in 1979.
Duotone & colour
270 x 290mm landscape
The Dash Between by Rob Bremner
Rob Bremner's stunning photographs of Liverpool in the 1980s and 90s.
Hardback with printed cover
Colour and duotone
270mm x 290mm landscape
Founder and Director of Bluecoat Press, Colin Wilkinson has had a long career in photography and publishing. In 1973, he founded the Open Eye project that directly led to Open Eye Gallery opening in 1977. He founded Bluecoat Press in 1992, specialising in local history books with a high photographic content. In response to the challenges of the book market and the growth of Amazon, Colin decided to specialise in his photobooks: his main passion.