Photography by Roy Mehta
Foreword by Dr Mark Sealy
Introduction by Caryl Phillips
Published by Hoxton Mini Press January 2021
Revival 1989-1993 features Roy Mehta’s tender photographs of the Afro-Caribbean and Irish communities in west London in the early 90s.
‘Mehta doesn’t shy away from the sadness and difficulties of this foundational story, but his multiracial faces – taken in Brent, northwest London – remain coloured with British dreams, and they exude a vitality which suggests that, although things are never going to be easy, all will eventually be well.’ – Caryl Phillips from the introduction
Brent has a rich history of multiculturalism. Roy Mehta’s exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Afro-Carribean and Irish, engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church. Shot from 1989-1993, the images move from profound moments of faith to quiet family moments and to the noisy streets outside, and remind us that every moment is an opportunity for connection and reflection. Revival includes texts by luminaries such as Mark Sealy, director of Autograph, and author and playwright Caryl Phillips.
Copies have been sent to local libraries and colleges, allowing a wide cross section of people to consider Brent’s history and identity, as well as feeling of commonality in Mehta’s work.