Black is the New Black Portraits by Simon Frederick At The National Portrait Gallery London

Black is the New Black Portraits by Simon Frederick

29 September 2018 – 27 January 2019

Room 33, Floor 1

Admission: Free

Black is the New Black brings together exceptional figures from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science to celebrate black British achievement today. Artist and director Simon Frederick photographed sitters ranging from Naomi Campbell, Sir Trevor McDonald and Thandie Newton to musician Jazzie B of Soul II Soul and footballer Les Ferdinand, to recognise the profound impact of black individuals on British culture. The portraits were made as part of Frederick’s acclaimed BBC Two documentary series of 2016 on black culture in modern Britain. This display celebrates their acquisition as the largest group of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters into the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

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Black is the New Black

The ‘Black Is The New Black’ exhibition app brings the physical and digital worlds together, for a dynamic augmented reality experience. Open the app up, point your camera at the portrait you’re viewing and clips of the people featured – from David Harewood to Naomi Campbell – are yours to see. Shot as a part of the BBC Series of the same name, this offers extra insight into the minds of some of the country’s most eminent Black talent over fashion, film, science, and sport.

Sir Trevor McDonald by Simon Frederick
Sir Trevor McDonald
by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2034
Alesha Dixon by Simon Frederick
Alesha Dixon
by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2054
Jazzie B by Simon Frederick
Jazzie B
by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2060
Thandie Newton by Simon Frederick
Thandie Newton
by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2063
Black is the new black
Les Ferdinand
by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
15 in. x 10 1/4 in. (380 mm x 260 mm) image size; 16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (420 mm x 295 mm) overall
Given by Simon Frederick with support from Oath, 2017
Primary Collection
NPG P2064
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