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Bluecoat Press is a London based publisher that specialises in making photo-books.
Colin Wilkinson founded Bluecoat Press in 1992, and for over 30 years he produced over 200 books with various artists across photography. Since 2012, Bluecoat Press has specialised in publishing the work of British photojournalists and social documentary photographers including John Bulmer, Jim Mortram, Tish Murtha, and many others.
In 2022 Bluecoat Press was acquired by 1854 Media, publishers of British Journal of Photography, and now it is run by Tom Booth Woodger. With our new direction, we hope to maintain the respect that has been garnered over the past 30 years but also push our books into a contemporary space. There are many ways we are working towards this, including diversifying the range of artists and works that we publish, and raising production and design standards across the board.
Moving forward we are striving to be a positive force in the publishing industry, creating beautiful books to represent the voices of many different artists. Reaching beyond the arts and photography into the lives of people who cannot normally access books is something Bluecoat is aiming for as we grow. Creating more accessibility to art is key to growing its uptake and involvement by future generations.