English Carnival at Barbican Library

Barbican Library
Level2
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Private View 3 Dec 2008 18.15-20.30 in the Barbican Library Foyer
runs 3 Dec – 29 Dec, 2008

Monday, Wednesday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9.30am – 7.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am – 4.00pm

English Carnival shows the work of four documentary photographers who have each been inspired by the carnival tradition and carried out long-term projects on Carnival in this country. Although they have at often worked together, each has a distinctly different approach to the subject in their photography. All four photographers have shown work extensively and their pictures have been published widely in books and magazines.

Peter Marshall’s black and white prints from the 1990s are from ‘Notting Hill in Carnival’ , published in ‘Visual Anthropology Review’ in 1999 with an essay and comments on the pictures by George Mentore who took part in Notting Hill in the 1970s.

Peter Marshall says “Notting Hill has brought new traditions of carnival to this country, enlivening our tradition. I deliberately chose to photograph it in black and white to concentrate on the people and the spirit of the event. I wanted myself and my camera to be a part of the dance.”

englishcarnival.org.uk