In a Different Light


Autograph ABP

London, UK

Free Exhibition

In A Different Light showcases 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.



Thursday 30 November 2017, 6.30 – 8.30pm

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Open House

Saturday 2 December 2017, 12 – 3pm

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Raphael Albert, James Barnor, Armet Francis, Howard Grey, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Eileen Perrier, Clay Perry, Charlie Phillips, Vron Ware and Clovis Salmon aka ‘Sam The Wheels’, as well as London Stereoscopic Company.


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.

Visiting information

We look forward to welcoming you to Autograph ABP. Admission to the exhibition is free and unticketed.

Visiting Autograph ABP
We are fully accessible with step free access to all areas of the building. A lift is available to all floors.

Ground Floor
Gallery 1

Free lockers, ask at information desk for key
Accessible toilets
Baby change facilities
Information desk
Education Studio
Book and print sales

First Floor
Accessible toilets

Second Floor
Gallery 2

Stuart Hall Library (Iniva). Hours >
Accessible toilets

Accessible Parking

If you would like to book an accessible parking bay or discuss your access needs, please contact us at 0207 7491240 or info@rivingtonplace.org before your visit.

More about visiting

We are pram friendly, and welcome children to the gallery when accompanied by an adult.

We welcome guide dogs , however cannot allow other dogs into the building.

Gallery Closures

Special opening hours Thursday 30th November
The exhibition will be closed during the morning and afternoon, and will reopen for the evenings event: Finissage>


Autograph ABP
Rivington Place

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The main entrance is on the side of the building.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Exhibition opening times
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm,
Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

  • 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
  • Unidentified sitter. Redruth, c.1867. Photographer/Studio: J. Moody. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund