Lawrence & Wishart 1993 in association with Autograph ABP | 88 pages | 61 photographs | edited by Mark Sealy with Derek Bishton | additional text by Professor Stuart Hall, Lola Young & Vanley Burke
Vanley Burke’s photographs represent an important and sensitive portrayal of black people and their history in post-war Birmingham. He dispels myths about the daily life of black people and provides an affectionate portrayal of his local community.
The images - which depict black people at work, at play, at church, on the streets and in their homes - have become key documents, through which we can chart the development and growing confidence of Black Britain.
“The documentary, classically, is motivated by the search for ‘truth’, for authenticity. But these images seem to me to be motivated by something quite different: not ‘truth’ but ‘love’.” Professor Stuart Hall