Benjamin Zephaniah

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Benjamin Zephaniah

by Pogus Caesar
digital gelatin silver print, 1986
11 1/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (282 mm x 287 mm) image size
Purchased, 2019
Photographs Collection
NPG x200723

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  • Pogus Caesar (1953-), Photographer, conceptual artist, archivist, author, curator, television producer and director. Artist or producer of 8 portraits.

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This portrait by Birmingham photographer Pogus Caesar, was made a year after civil unrest and racial tensions led to the Handsworth riots. Caesar and Zephaniah launched Handsworth 1985 Revisited in 2019, focusing on the riots through a series of billboards and street displays, in which Caesar's photographs were shown alongside poems by Zephaniah.

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Current affairs

Hampton Court Palace is devastated by fire. Much of the third floor and the roof of the building were destroyed, although, thanks to the courage of the fire fighters, only one painting and one piece of furniture were ruined.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.

Art and science

Poems on the Underground, the brainchild of American writer Judith Chernaik, is launched by London Underground. A rolling programme of poems is displayed in tube train carriages, bringing contemporary and classic poetry to commuters.
The Independent Newspaper is first published.
Artists, Gilbert and George win the Turner Prize.

International

An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station leads to nuclear meltdown in the reactor and causes massive nuclear contamination over Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, western Europe, the UK and Ireland, and even North America. The 2005 Chenobyl Forum attributed 56 direct deaths to the disaster and estimated that 9,000 people may die from some form of cancer as a result of exposure to radiation.

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