Armet Francis

Lambeth and Brixton Tube

Capturing the diverse community around the London borough of Lambeth, with a focus on Brixton Tube station

ABOUT THE commission

In 1994, Autograph commissioned artist Armet Francis to capture the diverse community around the London borough of Lambeth, with a focus on Brixton Tube station. The resulting series of photographs depict people from all walks of life going about their everyday business: commuters, shopkeepers, families with children and underground workers. Partly photographed at night outdoors, Francis experimented with double exposures in some of the images where passers-by are superimposed on the site of the tube station.

Francis’ photographic journey over 40 years encapsulates the fragmented experiences of diasporic communities. Francis immigrated as a young child from Jamaica to Britain in the 1950s. This experience of being unrooted, and politically alienated produced a profound sense of dislocation and impact on his life. Feeling culturally displaced, Francis turned to photography as an aid to share his desire to connect with the rich and diverse Pan-African world.

Images from this commission are currently on display alongside other works celebrating the resilience and survival of African diasporic cultures at Autograph’s gallery until 20 January 2024. Find out more about the exhibition, Beyond The Black Triangle, here.

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about the artist

Artist Armet Francis at Autograph

Armet Francis

Armet Francis (born 1945, Jamaica) is best known for his social documentary, advertising, and fashion images. He began working in a commercial photographic studio as a teenager, going on to forge a career shooting commissions for holiday camps, and assignments for The Times Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC and Channel 4 amongst others.

His early images offer a personal record of the world around him, capturing the essence of black British identity; in 1969 he began his now celebrated project The Black Triangle: People of the African Diaspora and Children of the Black Triangle.

Francis’s works have been shown in exhibitions including Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now, Tate Britain (2021); Get Up, Stand Up Now! Generations of Black Creative Pioneers, Somerset House (2019); In a Different Light: New Acquisitions, Autograph, London (2017); Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, Black Cultural Archives and V&A (2015); Roots to Reckoning: The Photography of Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock and Charlie Phillips, Museum of London (2005); Reflections of the Black Experience: 10 Black Photographers, Brixton Art Gallery (1986); Armet Francis: The Black Triangle Series: People of the African Diaspora, The Photographers' Gallery (1983); Armet Francis, Commonwealth Institute (1974) amongst others.

His works are held in public collections including Autograph, British Library, Museum of London, Science Museum Group and the Victoria and Albert Museum amongst others.

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Part of the exhibition

Armet Francis: Beyond the Black Triangle

22 Sep 2023 - 20 Jan 2024
Chronicling the lives of people of the African diaspora for over 40 years

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Commission Images: Armet Francis, from the series Lambeth and Brixton Tube, 1994. Commissioned by Autograph, London. © and courtesy the artist.

About the artist: Armet Francis with an image from his family archive, aged 5 with his grandparents in Jamaica. ⁠Photographed by Mark Sealy at Autograph.

Part of the exhibition: Armet Francis, Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market, London, 1973. © and courtesy the artist.