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George Jackson is dead, Grosvenor Square

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (Grosvenor Square, photographed)

  • Date:

    08/1971 (photographed)
    2010 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Dennis, born 1960 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.1487-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Having moved to London from Jamaica in the early 1960s, photographer Dennis Morris went on to document the mounting black consciousness and political activism in Britain during the 1970s. His personal photographs, since published together as the series Growing Up Black, include depictions of historic events relating to international racial politics. Morris felt the demonstrations in London following the controversial death of the African American prisoner and activist, George Jackson (1941-1971) were a key contributor to the ‘feeling of black consciousness’ at the time. They also reflect the wide ranging support for Jackson as a black political figure; continuing his challenge to racial injustice.

The V&A acquired ten photographs by Dennis Morris as part of the Staying Power project. Staying Power is a five year partnership between the V&A and Black Cultural Archives. The project aims to explore black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s through photographs acquired by the V&A and oral histories conducted by Black Cultural Archives.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a group of protesters holding up placards outside in front of a group of policemen. A line of police stand to the right of the image, while protesters stand in a group on the left. One protester in the centre of the image appears to be talking to the police, while a man in a suit to the right of him looks directly out of the frame. One of the placards has a photograph of a man on it, while another bears the text 'GEORGE JACKSON MURDERED'. There is a film camera in the crowd and various other placards and banners.

Place of Origin

London (Grosvenor Square, photographed)

Date

08/1971 (photographed)
2010 (printed)

Artist/maker

Morris, Dennis, born 1960 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

signed and titled on the reverse

Dimensions

Height: 45.5 cm Image size, Width: 68.3 cm Image size, Height: 66.0 cm paper size, Width: 83.8 cm paper size, Height: 68.0 cm mount size, Width: 92.0 cm mount size

Object history note

The V&A acquired this photograph as part of the Staying Power project. Staying Power is a five year partnership between the V&A and Black Cultural Archives. The project aims to explore black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s through photographs acquired by the V&A and oral histories conducted by Black Cultural Archives.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Dennis Morris, 'George Jackson is dead, Grosvenor Square', from the series Growing Up Black, gelatin silver print, London, 1971, printed 2010

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Morris, D. Growing Up Black (London: Autograph ABP, 2012), illustrated

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Placard; Policemen; Racial politics; Protest

Categories

Photographs; Black History; Politics; African Diaspora; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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