The V&A, London is to present the exhibition “Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s” from 16 February until 24 May 2015.
On display are 50 photographs of the life of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century. The works, either documenting the experience of black people or by black photographers, were acquired over the past seven years by the museum alongside Black Cultural Archives in an effort to ensure this area was represented in the collection. On display will be intimate portrayals of British-Caribbean life in London in the 1960s-70s by Neil Kenlock, Armet Francis, Dennis Morris and Charlie Phillips. Music, style and fashion are documented in Raphael Albert’s depictions of the black beauty pageants he organised from the 1960s to the 1980s to help celebrate the growing black community in Britain and in Norman ‘Normski’ Anderson’s colourful depictions of vibrant youth culture of the 1980s and 90s.