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Self Evident

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Essex (Lee Valley National Park, near the M25, photographed)

  • Date:

    1995 (photographed)
    2013 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pollard, Ingrid, born 1953 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    C-type print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case BLCG, shelf C

Ingrid Pollard Ingrid was born in Guyana in 1953. Her photographic work explores Britain’s hidden histories associated with Africa and the Caribbean and is often personal, reflecting her own experiences as a black, British, woman artist. She has received a number of awards and commissions and has had her work published in numerous magazines and books. Her work is held by Arts Council England and the National Trust as well as by the V&A, which holds her series Pastoral Interludes.

Self-Evident is a series of eight portraits of black men and women posed in English countryside scenes. Each of them holds an object associated, with the Afro-Carribean diaspora. These range from tropical flowers and a conch shell to objects with more stereotypical connotations such as fried chicken and watermelon. These carefully composed, square format images will build on the V&A’s existing holdings by Pollard, which are made with a different technique of hand-coloured gelatin silver prints combined with text.

Physical description

A colour photograph of a man standing at the side of a road in a countryside setting. He wears a white shirt and black, leather trousers. He is holding a bucket of fried chicken with the words 'DELICIOUS FRIED CHICKEN' on the side of the carton. He has his free hand on his chest and wears a black hat and sunglasses.

Place of Origin

Essex (Lee Valley National Park, near the M25, photographed)


1995 (photographed)
2013 (printed)


Pollard, Ingrid, born 1953 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

C-type print


Width: 456 mm image, Height: 456 mm image, Width: 507 mm paper, Height: 507 mm paper, Height: 528 mm frame, Width: 528 mm frame, Depth: 45 mm frame

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.

Historical context note

Originally conceived as a series of small colour lightboxes displayed alongside large scale black and white prints of children.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Ingrid Pollard from the series Self Evident, C-type print, 1995, printed 2013

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

Ingrid Pollard Monograph (London, Autograph ABP: 1995), illustrated, pg. 14


Photographic paper


C-type process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Roads; Grass; Fast food; Sunglasses; Leather; Chicken


Photographs; African Diaspora; Men's clothes; Portraits; Landscapes; Black History; Advertising; LGBTQ


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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