A welcome platform for showcasing the power of native black Britons to capture their culture through their own lens, the exhibit is part of a larger effort by the museum to bring greater awareness of the contribution made by black British photographers to British society. Photos were obtained in conjunction with the Black Cultural Archives, founded in 1981 in the U.K. and whose mission is to “collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain.”
Among the photographers included in the exhibit is Dennis Morris, whose prolific and profound images of 1960s and ’70s black life in the London borough of Hackney revealed the heart, soul and indomitable cool of a demographic that had previously been neglected. There’s also Norman Anderson, who adopted the moniker “Normski,” documented the emerging hip hop and street style scenes in Britain during the ’90s. And there are powerhouses like J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere and his intimate portraits of women, Ingrid Pollard and her colorful documentation of people across the diaspora posed against various wild landscapes, and Neil Kenlock and his photos of British Caribbean people at home in the 1970s.
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