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Black History Month photo-open

Image of a Black History Month 2020 banner

It has been a challenging year and we were delighted that over 100 images were submitted. Photographers of all ages and backgrounds who responded to an open call on the wide-ranging theme of Black History Month. 

We received a great set of submissions from 24 entrants showing glorious portraits, lively demonstrations, women at work, carnival, musicians, dancers and more. The breadth of individual, and often emotional responses to the theme ranges from anger and grief to joy, pride and beyond. 

They have been grouped into the following categories:

These include a series of Sarah Ainslie's B/W photos of local women at work, Ade Okelarin's stunning portraits as well as works of great beauty and originality printed on different materials from Jenny Matthews and Heloise Bergman which push the boundaries of photography as an art form.

David Hoffman has sent in some of his many images of past local demonstrations against racism, and there are images by young photographers of the Black Lives Matter marches.

Frederic Aranda's photo of World Champion sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and Robert Timothy's pictures of women in their equality t-shirts are two contrasting approaches.

The current coronavirus pandemic is covered by Tom Ferrie and Esther Sealy.

This collection of images comments on black lives past and present, from multiple perspectives and touches on a range issues. 

Please note that that to view the online exhibition you will need to use a desktop or tablet. 

With thanks to Alternative Arts for their input and support.