Charlie Phillips

Jennifer, Jamaica Independence Day, 1962

Framed gelatin silver print


Titled and numbered in pencil, signed in pen on verso.
12 x 16 inches / 30 x 40 cm
Edition of 25

Only 3 Available

Charlie Phillips moved to London from Jamaica in 1956 and began to document life in his local community, of Notting Hill, an area of London which had a large British Caribbean community following mass migration from the Caribbean in the immediate post-war period. On May 17th, 1959, 32 years old Kelso Cochrane, and Antiguan born carpenter and aspiring lawyer died after a racially motivated attack happened on South Street in Notting Hill. At the time racial tensions were high, and his murder had a huge impact on race relations. Activism was stepped up when it was felt the investigation into the murder was complacent, and allegations of a police cover up began to circulate. The case is unsolved to date.Before moving to the streets in 1966, the carnival took place in halls for five years. To this day the Notting Hill Carnival in an annual Caribbean festival event that takes place on the streets of Notting Hill, each August over two days. It is led by members of the British Caribbean community and is a significant event in British African Caribbean and British Indo-Caribbean culture.This print sits in a beautiful wooden black frame. Frame dimension are 62 x 55 x 3.5 cm. Please allow 2-4 weeks for framing and shipping.

This photograph is part of The Black Triangle, an exhibition on the civil rights and anti-racist movements in the UK, USA and South Africa. (7th of October – 3rd of December 2022). Email for a full list of works.

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