Charlie Phillips was born in Kingston in 1944 and now lives and works in London. Phillips is a photographer and documenter of urban communities in London.
He is well known for his photographs of Notting Hill during the period of West Indian migration to London. Arriving in London from Jamaica at the age of twelve, he grew up amidst a background of hostility and prejudice. He began taking photographs at the age of fourteen and later worked as a freelance photographer for magazines including Harpers Bazaar, Life and Italian Vogue.
While living in Notting Hill, he explored aspects of urban life in the 1960s, photographing friends and neighbours, creating a pictorial documentary of a community at a particular moment in time. Phillips has also chronicled the passion and style of African-Caribbean funerals in London over several generations. His images speak of the intimacy and familiarity with which he views his own community. He says: “As far as I’m concerned, we haven’t been given a proper platform to show our culture, our side of the story,” and continues “It’s not Black history; this is British history, whether you like it or not.”
Image: © Charlie Phillips. Notting Hill Couple, 1967.
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