Wednesday Wish: Dennis Morris, Growing Up Black

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Cover of Dennis Morris' limited edition book, "Growing Up Black"

I’ve seen a few different reviews printed recently of Dennis Morris’ Growing Up Black – A Chronicle of Black Britain in the 60s and 70s. The accompanying images really capture an era in London in which my parents & I must have been a part before we emigrated to Trinidad in 1973. His images portray the everyday in the lives of the African Caribbean community in London – the political, the religious, the social and the domestic.

I was also unaware until now that Morris was the creator of many of the iconic images we know and love of Bob Marley, the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.

His images remind me of those of the talented Daniel Meadows, whose early work we recently went to at the National Media Museum in Bradford – portraits of urban communities, families, friends and individuals.

The book’s been published this month as a limited edition of just 500 copies – the introductory price is £250, which includes a silver gelatin 10 x 12” print signed by Morris. Thereafter the price rises to £300 + P&P.