Black History Month: East End celebrated in photo exhibition

Three sisters by Hussina RajaImage source, Hussina Raja
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Three Sisters by amateur photographer Hussina Raja will feature in the exhibit

To celebrate Black History Month an east London council is launching an online photography exhibition.

Over 100 images were submitted to Tower Hamlets Council by established and emerging artists.

Black History Month has been marked in the UK for more than 30 years.

In a statement, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: "We are proud that in this turbulent and challenging year, we are once again able to support Black History Month."

Image source, Ade Okelarin
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"My skin markings and tattoos are an illustration of my spiritual growth and an appreciation of my ancestry," says artist Ade Okelarin

Mr Biggs said: "As a council, we continue to support this annual festival to commemorate the lives and contributions of all those with African and Caribbean descent to British society and the fantastic contribution they have made in the East End."

The exhibition will feature more than 50 images covering diverse subjects including portraits, demonstrations, women at work, carnivals, musicians, dancers and more.

Image source, David Cantor
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Amateur photographer David Cantor took this photo "on a warm summer's day in a community garden in Bethnal Green".

They have been grouped into the following categories:

  • Culture and folklore
  • Politics and protest
  • Multimedia
  • Portraits

Black History Month Photo-Open will run from 1 October.

Image source, Tom Ferrie
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Tom Ferrie took photos of shoppers after shops reopened during the lockdown
Image source, Lauren Raye
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Photos of recent protest across London have been included