Thursday 30 November 2017, 6.30 – 8.30pm


London, UK

Free event

Join us for the finissage of In A Different Light, a temporary display showcasing recent acquisitions to develop Autograph ABP’s Archive and its permanent collection of photography, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme.

Autograph ABP’s Archive and Research Centre has a unique remit: collecting, preserving and disseminating the work of a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and historical image portfolios that address critical questions of cultural identity, human rights, race, representation and difference. These new acquisitions address critical gaps in our current holdings, via three distinct strands:

  • representative works by established chroniclers of the ‘Windrush’ generation active in London during the 1960s and 1970s, and other relevant photographs from the period by a constituency of practitioners from different cultural backgrounds
  • examples of the earliest 19th century photographs depicting sitters of African, Caribbean and South Asian heritage in British portrait studio during the Victorian era
  • a selection of film works by Clovis Salmon aka ‘Sam The Wheels’ to expand the collection’s remit to include moving image in addition to photography

More than 175 works have been acquired for In A Different Light since 2015; this display features a selection of 100 prints. All works will be made available online with select audio-visual interviews, including a dedicated tool-kit to share knowledge on acquisition processes.

In the next archive development phase, particular attention will be paid to acquiring works by female practitioners whose work captures the black experience through fine art and documentary photography from the 1980s onwards.

Part of the exhibition


Curated by Renée Mussai with Cherelle Sappleton

Special thanks to Zelda Cheatle for negotiating the following acquisitions: Armet Francis, Dennis Morris, Neil Kenlock, Charlie Phillips.

With gratitude to the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

In A Different Light is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Autograph ABP is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

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We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
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  • Armet Francis, Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market, London, 1973. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Neil Kenlock, Untitled (Members of the Black Panther movement march in support of black community) Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund