NPG acquires black portraits for historic exhibition


The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a collection of photographic portraits of successful black Britons which will form the basis of an exhibition, Black is the New Black.

The 37 subjects sat for the photographer Simon Frederick for a BBC2 programme in 2016, and he has now given the entire portfolio to the gallery.

The subjects include Sir Trevor McDonald, Dizzee Rascal, Naomi, Campbell, Thandie Newton (pictured) and the new British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

 “Photographing with sensitivity and insight, Simon Frederick has made extraordinary portraits of some of the most influential Britons of our time” said the NPG’s head of photographs, Phillip Prodger.

The exhibition will run between November 2018 and January 2019.

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