Handsworth Song: Working People and Black Radical Photography

Friday, January 4, 2019: 3:10 PM
Salon 7 (Palmer House Hilton)
Ian Bourland, Maryland Institute College of Art
This presentation examines one photograph by British photographer Vanley Burke. It makes methodological claims about the use of individual photographs as archival evidence. More broadly, it considers Burke's documentation of Caribbean soundsystems in urban England during the 1970s, arguing that such images are crucial sites of intervention in the visualization and historicization of working class communities, especially migrants from the postcolony.