In this episode David and Mark chat about the challenges of photographing Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party.
Notting Hill Carnival sees over a million people descend on west London over the course of 2 days to celebrate West Indian communities and culture in the UK. There’s an amazing array of floats, costumes and Caribbean music, from calypso, dancehall to soca, reggae and dub. This video of last year’s carnival might give you a feel for the atmosphere at the event.
Magnum photographer Alex Majoli spent time capturing the crowds, performers, and characters behind this year’s Notting Hill Carnival – you can find Majoli’s photos on the Magnum site.
Notting Hill Carnival archive footage
For a bit of background on the Notting Hill Carnival and the West Indian community, there are some cracking archive films around:
- An 18-minute film from the 1980 carnival.
- A 29 minute current affairs programme about the planning of the 1976 Carnival and clashes with police.
- Jemima + Johnny a touching 29 minute film about the friendship between a white boy and a black girl in 1960s Notting Hill.
- Rare footage from 1973’s Carnival.
Music at Carnival
For more on the music at Carnival, check out:
- Luminaries from carnival history pick their favourite tracks
- Don Letts on Carnival’s musical evolution
Cropover in Barbados
David also briefly talks about being asked to document a carnival in the Caribbean – Grand Kadooment, part of the Cropover celebrations in Barbados. You can see some highlights from Grand Kadooment in this video.
There’s also a British news take on Trinidad Carnival in 1957.
Forthcoming talk on migration from the Caribbean
On a related note, next month there’s an evening of talks and photos exploring the long history of migration to Britain from the Caribbean. It takes place at the Woolwich Centre Library, London, on 2 October – the event is free but you need to book.
As always, we try to put the photos we discuss on <a href=”https://www.pinterest.co.uk/photochillipodcast/podcast-003/”>our Pinterest page for this episode</a>.
Podcast music credit: Extraordinaire by <a href=”https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads/tracks”>DJ Quads</a>.