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A major new exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th-century, through British studio portraiture.
Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition presents over 200 photographs, the majority of which have never been exhibited or published before.
As a curated body of work, these photographs present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing structural absence within the historical record.
60 modern silver gelatin hand-prints, produced from original 19th century glass plates held in the London Stereoscopic Company collection at the Hulton Archive, owned by Getty Images.
A selection of original albumen prints, cabinet cards, and over 100 ‘carte-de-visite’, featuring the personal collections of Val Wilmer; Jenny Allsworth; Michael Graham-Stewart; and Paul Frecker/The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
A display of rare original albums and prints by the London Stereoscopic Company, courtesy of the Hulton Archive.
Effnik by Yinka Shonibare - a 1996 Autograph ABP commission. A slideshow of studio portraits of the King’s Orderly Indian Officers (1903 – 38) is presented in partnership with The National Army Museum, whose collection reflects the rich history and traditions of the British Army.
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Black Chronicles II is produced in collaboration with the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images
Banner images: 1) John Xiniwe and Albert Jonas, London Stereoscopic Company studios, 1891. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images. 2) Eleanor Xiniwe, The African Choir, 1891. London Stereoscopic Company. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images. 3 and 4) Black Chronicles II gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photo: Zoe Maxwell.
Page images, from left: 1) Saragano Alicamousa, renowned lion and tiger tamer, c. 1870s [detail]. 2) Unidentified sitter [detail], date unknown, Photographer: T.W.Steven. Courtesy Autograph.
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