The V&A has worked with the Black Cultural Archives to acquire images by black photographers or which document the lives of black people in Britain.
Among the works going on show are Yinka Shonibare’s Diary of a Victoria Dandy series from 1998 and black-and-white street photography of 1970s London by Al Vandenberg.
There are also images of Raphael Albert’s black beauty pageants from the 1960s-‘80s, and images of youth culture taken by Norman “Normski” Anderson in the 1980s and ‘90s.
To complement the photographs, Black Cultural Archives has collected oral histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives, and the people depicted in the images.
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s is at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 from 16 February-24 May 2015.