Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Photograph - Holiness unto the Lord, Shiloh Pentecostal church, Hackney
  • Holiness unto the Lord, Shiloh Pentecostal church, Hackney
    Morris, Dennis, born 1960
  • Enlarge image

Holiness unto the Lord, Shiloh Pentecostal church, Hackney

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)
    Hackney (Photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1970 (photographed)
    2010 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Dennis, born 1960 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.1484-2010

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DELTA, shelf 10

Dennis Morris moved to Britain from Jamaica in the early 1960s and began taking photographs from the age of eight. His personal photographs of British Caribbean community life in Hackney came to form the series Growing Up Black.

A central part of community life photographed by Morris is the church. Shiloh Pentecostal Church on Ashwin Street in Dalston was, Morris said, ‘the first church owned by the local black community. It was custom for young and old to dress in their best clothes for the Sunday services.’ The church services documented by Morris convey the major role religion played in the lives of many British Caribbean people. The church is also shown as a space where new communities and traditions were forged.

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 women and men on stage in a church. One woman stands at a lectern clapping her hands. Behind her is a row of three women in coats; one of them is stood up, blurred from movement, and the other two seated each holding a book. At the back two men can be seen, one playing a guitar. A fabric banner hanging from a higher lectern behind the crowd has the words 'Holiness Unto the Lord' stitched on it.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)
Hackney (Photographed)

Date

ca. 1970 (photographed)
2010 (printed)

Artist/maker

Morris, Dennis, born 1960 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

signed and titled on reverse

Dimensions

Height: 45.5 cm Image size, Width: 68.5 cm Image size, Height: 660 mm Paper size, Width: 838 mm paper size, Height: 680 mm mount size, Width: 920 mm 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, 'Holiness unto the Lord, Shiloh Pentecostal church, Hackney', from the series Growing Up Black, gelatin silver print, London, ca. 1970, printed 2010

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

Morris, D. Growing Up Black (London: Autograph ABP, 2012), illustrated, pg. 33

Materials

Photographic Paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Religion; Lectern; Guitar; Church

Categories

Photographs; African Diaspora; Black History; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.