Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall (1932 – 2014) was a cultural theorist, campaigner for racial justice, scholar and founding editor of the New Left Review. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Hall won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University arriving in 1951. He became Director of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University in 1972 and Professor of Sociology at the Open University in 1979. He was Chair of Autograph ABP and Iniva (International Institute of Visual Arts). Quotations from Hall’s speech on archives and cultural memory appear throughout the Black Chronicles display.

In 1998, the Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP commissioned American photographer Dawoud Bey to create a portrait of Hall for the Collection. The diptych consists of unique Polacolor photographs created with a 20”x 24” Polaroid camera, one of only five ever made.

See Bey’s portrait on display in Room 32.

Stuart Hall
by Dawoud Bey, 1998 © Dawoud Bey
NPG P730