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Benjamin Zephaniah

(1958-2023), Writer, dub poet and musician

Sitter in 3 portraits
Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, the son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican nurse, Zephaniah made his name through performance poetry with a political edge, as well as novels and plays. He went on to write books for children and young adults, produce music recordings, and act in and write for television, film and radio productions. He refused to accept an OBE in 2003 stating "I get angry when I hear that word 'empire'; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds me of thousands of years of brutality."

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Benjamin Zephaniah, by Miriam Reik - NPG x30307

Benjamin Zephaniah

by Miriam Reik
bromide fibre print, 1980s
NPG x30307

Benjamin Zephaniah, by Pogus Caesar - NPG x200723

Benjamin Zephaniah

by Pogus Caesar
digital gelatin silver print, 1986
NPG x200723

Benjamin Zephaniah, by Donald MacLellan - NPG x88746

Benjamin Zephaniah

by Donald MacLellan
toned bromide print, 29 August 1996
NPG x88746

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