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Photograph - Untitled [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]
  • Untitled [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]
    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950
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Untitled [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Balham (Photographed)

  • Date:

    1974 (Photographed)
    2011 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)
    Grey, Barbara

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E217-2012

  • 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. He became the official photographer for the civil rights activists the British Black Panthers, and took photographs for the early black British newspaper, West Indian World.

Kenlock’s photojournalism for West Indian World included recording instances of racism against the black British community. The ‘keep Britain white’ graffiti in this photograph defaced the door to a training centre for black women headed by a key member of the British Black Panther movement, David Udah. To prove that the graffiti was real Kenlock asked Barbara Grey, a woman working at the centre, to be part of the photograph.

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 a young black woman standing in front of a doorway, pointing to graffiti on the door which reads 'KEEP BRITAIN WHITE'. She wears a long skirt and cardigan. A sign at the top of the door reads 'INTERNATIONAL PERSONNEL' with further text underneath this heading.

Place of Origin

Balham (Photographed)

Date

1974 (Photographed)
2011 (Printed)

Artist/maker

Kenlock, Neil, born 1950 (Photographer)
Grey, Barbara

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Height: 45.6 cm Image size, Width: 30.7 cm Image size, Height: 58.7 cm Paper size, Width: 50.0 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 [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]', gelatin silver print, London, 1974, printed 2011

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process; Photography

Subjects depicted

Doors; Secretaries; Graffiti; Racism

Categories

Black History; Politics; African Diaspora; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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