Self portrait taken by Harry Jacobs, a High Street photographer


Harry Jacobs set up his photography studio in south London in the late 1950s. It is estimated that he took nearly 60,000 photographs over the course of 40 years. Jacobs became a pillar of the community as thousands of Caribbean people turned to him to record their major life events, as well as create portraits that they could send to relatives and friends in the Caribbean. These representations of milestones, friendship, family life and nostalgia comprise, in the words of Stuart Hall, an ‘alternative history of Black people in Britain.’

Full title:
The Harry Jacobs archive collection
c. 1965 - 1999, London
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Harry Jacobs
© This image was reproduced by kind permission of London Borough of Lambeth, Archives Department.
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Lambeth Archives

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