Third in our Curated series celebrates iconic British photographer Dennis Morris.
From his book ‘Growing Up Black’, a collection of photographs that reflect his East London upbringing and the immigrant Caribbean community of which he was part, Dennis will share a snapshot of Black Britain and Black working class style in the 60s and 70s.
Alongside his rich catalogue of photography, Morris was instrumental in defining late 70s post-punk band PiL’s (Public Image Ltd) visual identity. He had previously worked with front man John Lydon, when with the Sex Pistols, and was trusted to create everything from logo design to photography, as well as devising the band’s limited edition Metal Box album that came housed in an embossed canister.
“I’m fascinated with British documentary and reportage photography and one of my favourites is Dennis Morris.
His intuition and insistence in capturing character and individuality have a unique personality, as seen in his series ‘Growing up Black’.
Music and style go hand in hand and act as a connector – and a great example of this is in the breadth of Dennis’ work: from the documentation of the Caribbean sound system culture in ‘Growing Up Black’ to his work with PiL – which at first may seem so diverse but after looking deeper is so deeply connected.” Mark Weston, Creative Director.
Following the launch of ‘dunhill Community: Live’, a weekly series of conversations between Mark Weston and members of the dunhill Community, ‘dunhill Community: Curated’ is a platform to celebrate art and artists the House believes in. From a multiplicity of fields, backgrounds and subject matters, dunhill celebrates and supports its collaborators; sharing their work with the wider community.
The in-feed residency is centred on monthly themes, where each of the invited curators selects pieces of personal content relating to that subject; showcasing their photographs, words, films or animations on the House Instagram account.
‘dunhill Community: Curated’ continues from Thursday 3rd September.