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Raphael Albert, Untitled, circa 1960s, staying power
Raphael Albert, Untitled, circa 1960s, from the portfolio Black Beauty Pageants© Raphael Albert Autograph ABP Victoria and Albert Museum, London

New Black British photography exhibition has ‘Staying Power’

From 90s street-style to beauty pageants, check out these exclusive snaps from the V&A's celebration of black Britain

A collaboration between the V&A and the Black Cultural Archives, Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s at the V&A documents the lives and experiences of Britons of African and African-Caribbean descent from the Windrush to garage. Featuring photography alongside oral histories, the immersive collection features Normski and Al Vandenberg's London street photography, Charlie Phillips's African-Caribbean documentary images, Raphael Albert's groundbreaking black beauty pageant shots and J.D.‘Okhai Ojeikere fascination with hairstyles and headdresses. Intertwining portraiture, street photography and allegorical photographs, the candid shots on display document subject matter ranging from 90s hip-hop and street-style through to intimate and reflective self-portraiture. Staying Power is a moment in time.

The exhibition runs from 16 February – 24 May, 2015 at the V&A. Click here for more information