Monday, September 27, 2010

Exhibition: Black Britannia - Celebrating black success in the UK (London)

Irish Guard. 25 Year old Nicholas Tunge orginally from Kenya, gets himself ready for parade at Buckingham Palace.

Black Britannia photographic exhibition by John Ferguson. Achievement of inspirational Black Britons celebrated at Open The Gate for Black History Month on 1st October - 22nd October 2010 in London.

Black Britannia features striking photograph portraits by talented photographer John Ferguson, Fleet Streets first black photographer in the 1980's, of some of the most well known - and less familiar - black men and women who have risen to the top of their chosen fields.

Under the title Black Britannia, the full exhibition comprises of 55 portraits of inspirational black Britons who inspired personnaly the artist in the past or who are currently making great strides in public life. Of the 55 black Britons, some well know names such as Sir Trevor McDonald, Lenny Henry, Naomi Campbell, Paul Ince, Lewis Hamilton, and others from various occupations such as head teachers to supermodels, boxers to lawyers - these are people from all walks of life.

For Black History Month 2010, John Ferguson has selected his favourites portraits of individuals to show at Open The Gate in Hackney, London. The exhibition aims to highlighting the achievements of these individuals, by promoting a positive image of black Britons and a message to today’s black youth through these high quality aesthetic portraits.

Role models

In a foreword John Ferguston explains the goal of the exhibition. "The aims of this exhibition are simple enough - to celebrate the contribution made to British culture and public life by Black people over the last few decades.

The achievements of these individuals, however, have been far from simple. Breaking through the glass ceiling that still exists for Black people in British society even today still requires persistence, ambition and guts.

In some parts of Britain, the kinds of role models young Black people grow up with are almost entirely negative. This exhibition is an attempt to redress the balance. It is very much a personal selection, but all those featured here have succeeded in their chosen professions because of unflinching determination to reach their full potential. " Read the whole foreword at

Paul Ince, English football manager and first black captain of the English national team

Gina Yashere British comedian

Lewis Hamilton, British Formula One racing driver

Baroness Amos, the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom

Black History Month at Open The Gate Exhibition Dates 1st October - 22nd October 2010 in London. Please visit for more information.

But! Also take a look at some great portraits of John Ferguson about 'Living with Albinism in the UK'

Victoria, part of the series of portraits on 'Living with Albinism in the UK'

See the website of John Ferguson at

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