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REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993

By  Roy Mehta 2020 - 2021
Photobook about NW London, published by Hoxton Mini Press. Tender photographs of the Afro-Carribbean and Irish communities in west London in the early 90s. Photography by Roy Mehta Foreword by Dr Mark Sealy Introduction by Caryl Phillips Published 14 January 2021 by Hoxton Mini Press £25 Hardback 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, and remind us that every moment is an opportunity for connection and reflection. ‘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.’ – Caryl Phillips from the introduction

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