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Photograph - Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]
  • Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]
    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950
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Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (Photographed)
    Brixton (Photographed)

  • Date:

    1972 (Photographed)
    2011 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.213-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case SP, shelf 3

Photographer Neil Kenlock (born 1950) moved to London from Jamaica in 1963 and became determined to document black pride in the face of racial prejudice. Building on his background in protest photography, Kenlock brought the same sense of confidence to the colour photographs he took of British Caribbean people at home in the 1970s.

Photographs like this were taken for the sitter to send to relatives in the Caribbean to show that they had settled well in Britain. The compositions of these images recall studio portraiture. These scenes of domestic pride allowed families to showcase the variety of material goods they owned and the modern homes they lived in.

The V&A acquired ten photographs by Kenlock alongside work by his contemporaries Charlie Phillips and Armet Francis 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

A colour photograph of a woman posing in a room in front of a bar area. She wears a long lilac dress with a woven pattern and stands resting one hand on the bar and the other on her hip. The room is decorated with patterned wallpaper and carpet.

Place of Origin

London (Photographed)
Brixton (Photographed)

Date

1972 (Photographed)
2011 (Printed)

Artist/maker

Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)

Materials and Techniques

C-type print

Dimensions

Height: 34.7 cm Image size, Width: 34.5 cm Image size, Height: 50.1 cm Paper size, Width: 40.8 cm Paper 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 Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]', C-type print, London, 1972, printed 2011

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

C-type process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Wallpaper; Interiors; Bar; Portraits; Carpets; Home

Categories

Black History; African Diaspora; Interiors; Photographs; Portraits; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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