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Neil Kenlock was born in 1950 and grew up in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He lived with his grandmother until 1963 when he moved to London to join his parents who were living in Brixton. In 1973, having worked for photographic studios, Kenlock became a staff photographer for one of the first black British newspapers, West Indian World. He was also involved with the British Black Panther movement, taking photographs of the group’s activism to improve the rights of the black British community. His photographs of British Caribbean people at home in this period convey a similar sense of black British pride. In 1979 he co-founded Root magazine, a modern publication targeted at the black British community. He continued to promote black British culture, becoming an early member of the Association of Black Photographers (now Autograph ABP) and co-founding Choice FM in 1990; London’s first legal radio station devoted to black urban music.


Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled (Young Jamaican lady standing in her mother's front room in Brixton Hill)', 1973. Museum no. E.212-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled (Young Jamaican lady standing in her mother's front room in Brixton Hill)', 1973. Museum no. E.212-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young woman seated on the floor at home in front of her television set]', 1972. Museum no. E.306-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young woman seated on the floor at home in front of her television set]', 1972. Museum no. E.306-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]', 1972. Museum no. E.213-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [West Indian woman poses in her sitting room in Brixton]', 1972. Museum no. E.213-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [A young girl speaking on her parents' telephone in South London]', 1973. Museum no. E.214-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [A young girl speaking on her parents' telephone in South London]', 1973. Museum no. E.214-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [A well fully clad man photographed standing by his television in Stockwell, South London]', 1923. Museum no. E.215-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [A well fully clad man photographed standing by his television in Stockwell, South London]', 1923. Museum no. E.215-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Nurse Olga Grant photographed in the Nurses' residence at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Luton, Bedfordshire]' 1972. Museum no. E.216-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Nurse Olga Grant photographed in the Nurses' residence at Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Luton, Bedfordshire]' 1972. Museum no. E.216-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]', 1974. Museum no. E.217-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young lady points to 'Keep Britain White' graffiti at the International Personnel training centre in Balham]', 1974. Museum no. E.217-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young men of  the Black Panther movement march in support of black community]', 1971. Museum no. E.218-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young men of the Black Panther movement march in support of black community]', 1971. Museum no. E.218-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young teenage boy who, just arrived from 
Jamaica, shows off his latest reggae dance with his younger brother  
watching, Brixton Hill]', 1968. Museum no. E.220-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ 
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery 
through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Young teenage boy who, just arrived from Jamaica, shows off his latest reggae dance with his younger brother watching, Brixton Hill]', 1968. Museum no. E.220-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front  members]', 1974. Museum no. E.219-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Neil Kenlock, 'Untitled [Desmond's (standing with broom on left) Hip City records shop in Brixton South, London, damaged by National Front members]', 1974. Museum no. E.219-2012. © Neil Kenlock/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Audio: Oral histories

Neil Kenlock discusses two of his photographs.

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Hyacinth Maynard and Barbara Grey discuss the photography by Neil Kenlock.

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