Photographs of black British experience

The Victoria & Albert Museum will next year showcase a selection of photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century.

Al Vandenberg, 'High Street Kensington' from the series 'On a Good Day'

Source: The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Al Vandenberg, High Street Kensington from the series On a Good Day

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.

Yinka Shonibare, Diary of a Victorian Dandy

Source: Yinka Shonibare / Victoria and Albert, London

Yinka Shonibare, Diary of a Victorian Dandy

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.

Armet Francis, ‘Self-Portrait in Mirror’, London, 1964, gelatin silver print

Source: Armet Francis / Victoria and Albert, London

Armet Francis, Self-Portrait in Mirror, London, 1964, gelatin silver print

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.

ormski, African Homeboy - Brixton, London, 1987, printed 2011, c-type print

Source: Normski / Victoria and Albert, London

Normski, African Homeboy – Brixton, London, 1987, printed 2011, c-type print

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.

Neil Kenlock, Untitled Young woman seated on the floor at home in front of her television set, C- type print, London, 1972

Source: Neil Kenlock / Victoria and Albert, London

Neil Kenlock, Untitled Young woman seated on the floor at home in front of her television set, C- type print, London, 1972

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s is at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 from16 February-24 May 2015.

J. D. Okhai Ojeikere, HD-55774 Beri Beri, from the series Hairstyles, gelatin silver print, Nigeria, 1974

Source: The Estate of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere / Victoria and Albert, London

J. D. Okhai Ojeikere, HD-55774 Beri Beri, from the series Hairstyles, gelatin silver print, Nigeria, 1974

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