Tender photographs of the Afro-Carribean and Irish communities in west London in the early 90s are on display in new photobook Revival.
Brent has a rich history of multiculturalism
Roy Mehta’s exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Afro-Carribean and Irish engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church.
Shot from 1989-1993, the images move from profound moments of faith to quiet family moments and to the noisy streets outside.
They remind us that every moment is an opportunity for connection and reflection.
In his introduction to Revival, Caryl Phillips writes: “Mehta doesn’t shy away from the sadness and difficulties of this foundational story, but his multiracial faces – taken in Brent, northwest London – remain coloured with British dreams, and they exude a vitality which suggests that, although things are never going to be easy, all will eventually be well.”
“I hold these photographs dear because I locate them within a time of cultural and political solidarity with the subjects being framed,” said Dr Mark Sealy MBE, director Autograph the Association of Black Photographers.
London-based Roy Mehta is a well-established photographic artist.
He has 30 years of professional experience working on personal and commercial projects. This is his third book.
Revival is supported by Brent 2020’s Culture Fund, Arts Council England, Spectrum Photographic and Stever Warner Retoucher.
Published by Hoxton Mini Press, it is £25 in hardback.
Hoxton Mini Press is a small indie publisher based in East London.