Andy Warhol and New York, 1986

Walking (or driving) the streets of Andy Warhol’s New York, 1986.

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Congratulations to Ronald “Charlie” Phillips OBE (born 1944), also known by the nickname “Smokey”. Charlie Phillips was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to Photography and the Arts.

Charlie 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 Harper’s 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. “As far as I’m concerned, we haven’t been given a proper platform to show our culture, our side of the story,” he says. “It’s not Black history; this is British history, whether you like it or not.”

It would appear that this contribution to British History has now started to be addressed.

Congratulations also to some of the other 2022 creative award recipients: Sir Horace Ové for services to media and Mark Sealy MBE for services to Art

Photo credit: © Aliyah Otchere, 2021

'Notting Hill Couple' and other works by Charlie Phillips are included in Tate Britain’s upcoming show Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s - Now an exhibition celebrating work by artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain.

1 December 2021 to 3 April 2022

For more information and to book tickets: Click Here

Image (left): 'Notting Hill Couple'- The sitters, Anita Santiago and Osmond (Gus) Philip, taken at a house party in London, 1967© Charlie Phillips.
Image (right): 'Jah Shaka' © Denzil Forrester, 1983

For a review in The Guardian (5 December 2021): Click Here
“It is living history, and not just,” as the photographer Charlie Phillips declares in a wall text, “black history, but British history”.

As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic; Selections from the Wedge Collection

Charlie Phillips has work included in this newly published book looking at the multifaceted ideas of Black life through the lenses of community, identity, and power.

Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection, the book features works by Black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, the US, South America, and Africa – providing a timely exploration of Black identity on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information visit: Click Here

Charlie Phillips On Photography and Untold Stories

Feature article in Amateur Photographer 18 September 2021.

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Image: Muhammad Ali © Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips spoke at the The Photography Show on 18 September. Later that day Charlie participated in a Q&A after the screening of Picture Stories: The Life and Legacy of Picture Post with the film’s director Rob West and Peter Dench.

Click Here for an interview with Charlie Phillips, filmed at the event.

Photo credit: © Getty Images Hulton Archive - Taken by Haywood Magee in 1942

Charlie Phillips
The forgotten photographer

'Super Stage' at The Photography Show / The Video Show

Saturday, 18 September 2021, 15:30 - 16:45

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Photo credit: © Aliyah Otchere

Carnival 2021

Charlie Phillips and his team wish to thank Georgina Court and her team at Clifford Chance, for making him feel so welcome and relaxed!

For an overview: Click Here

The big picture: zoot you, sir!
Charlie Phillips’s snappy dresser, 1968

Feature in The Guardian, 25 July 2021

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Photo credit: © Charlie Phillips

The Charlie Phillips Archive

Exhibition at Southbank Centre, London
22 July to 17 October 2021
Archive Studio, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall
(free admission)

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Photo credit: © Aliyah Otchere

Ron Reid - Glastonbury 1971

New publication from Cafe Royal Books, 2021
Printed in the UK
36 pages, staple bound, 14cm x 20cm
Price: £6.50

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Online Exhibition

Ron Reid - Musical Subculture on the Early 1970s

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The Greatest London Photographer You've Never Heard of?

Recorded interview with Charlie Phillips on the 'Photography Daily' website (12 May 2021)

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Photo credit: © Charlie Phillips

Who the F*** is Charlie Phillips

Article and interview by John Pearson on "Mr Feeldgood" website. (Uploaded 5 May 2021)

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Photo credit: © Gavin Bond

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance

A film by Rogan Productions. Broadcast on BBC 25 March 2021 and repeated in the following week.

An examination of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s in the UK, surveying both the individuals and the cultural forces that defined the era.

Includes an interview and photographs by Charlie Phillips

Click Here for further details from Rogan Productions

Click Here for broadcast details from the BBC

Photo credits: © Charlie Phillips
(Left) American radical Stokely Carmichael (centre) at Count Suckle’s Cue Club in Praed Street, Paddington 1967. (Right) Michael X at the Tabernacle, W11, 1966.

Charlie Phillips: why did it take so long for one of Britain's greatest photographers to get his due?

Feature article, by Steve Rose, in The Guardian, 25 March 2021

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Losing Loved Ones, Keeping Rituals, 2 March 2021, online at 7pm (UK)

Brought together from different communities, Rabbi Daniel Epstein, bereavement specialist Linda Magistris and photographer of the African Caribbean community Charlie Phillips share their thoughts on practices lost and gained through social distancing.

Online presentation hosted by House of Life. Click Here for Details

Dub London: Bassline of a City

New Exhibition at the Museum of London. Click Here For Full Details

The Evening Standard has given the display 4 stars (, and it has been featured in The Observer and The Guardian (

Charlie Phillip’s Duke Vin portrait (last on right), first sound system operator in the UK (pre disco),
2002© Charlie Phillips

George Coles

This realm, this Britain: from this sceptic Isle

An online exhibition, 8 March to 30 April 2019

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Akehurst Press

A portfolio range of postcard packs, ephemera and design curios, – with a main emphasis on contemporary photography, but including design, visual arts, architecture, social documentary, counter-culture or just plain quirky. All artist inspired, well-designed limited print runs of products that are tactile and hand finished that we hope will become coveted and kept

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