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Sailor Girls

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Black and white silver gelatin photograph of three girls wearing sailor's uniforms. Hackney Downs.

Label from 'London Life' exhibition:

Sailor Girls
Hackney, 1980s

“I took this picture at the Hackney Show. They really stood out in their superb outfits.” - Colin O'Brien

Associated Person

Colin O'Brien (Photographer)



Exhibition Label

From the exhibition 'People Power: Black British Arts & Activism in Hackney 1960s - 2000s' [4 October 2016 - 21 January 2017]

Hackney Shows

Hackney has hosted many of its own carnivals, such as the Mare de Gras, De Beauvoir Carnival and the 1973 Street Carnival Theatre run by Centerprise. African and Caribbean families were finding ways to share their Black British identities by participating in and shaping these festivals and shows.

Sailor Girls, Hackney Show (1982) by Colin O’Brien

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Copyright retained by the photographer, Colin O'Brien.

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