Photographer Dennis Morris talks about Growing Up Black, his personal chronicle of the Caribbean community in East London during the late 1960s and 1970s.
Morris started his career as a photographer at an early age. He was 11 years old when one of his photographs was printed on the front page of the Daily Mirror. As a young boy in the church choir, he was given a camera which was to spark his lifelong passion for photography.
Growing Up Black charts not just the history of Black Britain but Britain itself. Morris captures intimate moments within the black community, his images recording the frequently contested history of the first generation to call themselves black.
'In this selection from his archive, Dennis Morris gives us a beautifully well-judged and eloquent portrait of the black diaspora, frozen at a particular moment in time. It is pregnant with anticipations of what is still to come, infused with future possibilities. We are invited to read these images backwards and forwards. Growing up black in the 1970s, they suggest, was not so much a state of being as a state of becoming.'
- Stuart Hall
Growing Up Black is available as a limited edition book + print at autograph-abp-shop/books/growing-up-black
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.