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Photograph - Untitled [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front members]
  • Untitled [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front members]
    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950
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Untitled [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front members]

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Brixton (Photographed)
    London (Photographed)

  • Date:

    1974 (Photographed)
    2011 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.219-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR110

Photographer Neil Kenlock (born 1950) moved to South London from Jamaica in 1963 and became determined to document black pride in the face of racial prejudice. Acting as the official photographer for the British Black Panther Movement, Kenlock’s photographs record the group’s activism and the instances of racism they aimed to combat.

This photograph depicts Desmond’s Hip City, the first black-owned record shop in Brixton and a thriving cultural centre for music within Britain’s black community. Kenlock documented the damage to the shop as an example of the racially motivated violence carried out by members of the right-wing group the National Front.

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 black and white photograph of the interior of a record shop, as people clear up damage. Records and record sleeves hang from the ceiling and fill shelves behind a counter covered with posters in the background. Four people clean up glass and detritus on the shop's checkerboard floor. A man to the far left holding a broom wears a cloth cap, while another man walking towards him has an afro hairstyle and wears a suit with flared trousers.

Place of Origin

Brixton (Photographed)
London (Photographed)

Date

1974 (Photographed)
2011 (Printed)

Artist/maker

Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Height: 30.7 cm Image size, Width: 45.6 cm Image size, Height: 40.1 cm Paper size, Width: 55.0 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 [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front members]', gelatin silver print, London, 1974, printed 2011

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Interiors; Racial politics; Shops; Racial discrimination; Records; Music

Categories

Black History; Politics; Shopping; Music; African Diaspora; Men's clothes; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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