This book collects Homer Sykes’s photographs of counterculture activities at Stonehenge in the 1970s. Sykes first made his reputation photographing British folk festivals, and later went on to work as a photographer for several magazines and to document various counterculture movements. These photographs document the hippy, neopagan, and New Age communities that gathered around Stonehenge each June for several years at the Stonehenge Free Festival. The festival finally came to an end in 1985, when 1,300 police descended upon a caravan of six hundred travelers approaching Stonehenge, arresting 537 people in “the UK’s largest mass arrest since the second world war,” beating and hospitalizing dozens of peaceful civilians in an incident known as the “Battle of the Beanfield.”
Café Royal Books publishes limited edition Photobooks coveted by fans and collected by major institutions. The Zines focus on British documentary photography. Café Royal is run and founded by Craig Atkinson.
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’.