These are the first photographs of black people in the UK

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These are the first photographs of black people in the UK
14th November 2014

At a new exhibition in Shoreditch, the first photographs taken of black people in the United Kingdom are on display. 

The striking images are being shown to combat the lack of representation of black an asian people in Britain in the 19th century. Though black and asian people are referenced frequently in the contemporary literature, photographic documentation is found much less often. 

Organisers hope these pictures will shed new light on life in Britain’s past. 

Curator of the exhibition Renee Mussai explains how the photographs were discovered and why they have gone unnoticed for twelve decades. 

The Black Chronicles II Exhibition is presented by Autograph ABP at Rivington Place, London, 12 September – 29 November, 2014


Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Courtesy Paul Frecker collection / The Library of Nineteenth Century Photography

Courtesy Michael Graham-Stewart collection

Courtesy Jenny Allsworth collection

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