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Dave Lewis: West Indian Ex-Servicemen

POSTED: 20 June 2023

To mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush we're sharing this conversation with photographer Dave Lewis, discussing his 1994 series of portraits of members of the Windrush generation who fought for Britain during the Second World War and who were amongst the first post-war Caribbean migrants to settle permanently in Britain during the late 1940s

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Dave Lewis: West Indian Ex-Servicemen

View the full image gallery of portraits, depicting members of the 'Windrush generation' who fought for Britain during the Second World War.

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Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis is a photographer and lecturer teaching photographic practices across the disciplines of anthropology, fine art and commercial photography. His work has been exhibited in a number of venues such as The Photographers' Gallery, London - The Stephen Lawrence Report & Wall (2001); the National Gallery - Seduced by Art (2012); and Venice Biennale - Once Removed/My Father’s land (2017/2019). He is currently working on a new series of image/text works around making and being.

Images on page: 1) Dave Lewis, Reg Willis-Eversley [detail], from the series West Indian Ex-Servicemen, 1994. Commissioned by Autograph, London. 2) Dave Lewis. Photograph by Franklyn Rodgers.