Vanley Burke got his first camera for his 10th birthday ¬– a Kodak Brownie 127, sent to him by his mother who was living in England. He joined his parents in the UK in 1965, moving to Handsworth in Birmingham, and began his documentation of the Caribbean community in Birmingham three years later. With the largest Caribbean population in Britain outside of London, Burke’s images of the daily lives and political struggles of the Birmingham Black community capture significant moments of unrest, tension and difficulties, but also equally important moments of intimacy, culture, and joy – such as in this picture of a young boy in 1970, with his bike and Union flag.
Please note that in agreement with the artist, this print is only available in 40 x 30 cm and 80 x 60 cm size options.
Boy with a Flag Wilfred in Handsworth Park
Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now
FSC Certified paper and wood
Original: Boy with a Flag, Wilfred, in Handsworth Park 1970, printed 2021 Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper 610 × 508 mm frame: 795 × 644 mm © Vanley Burke. All rights reserved, DACS 2021
Vanley Burke (born 1951) is a British Jamaican photographer and artist, living and working in Birmingham, UK. After his move to the UK in 1965, Burke began to photograph his local Black community at the age of 17. This was the beginning of his work capturing not only the lives of individuals, but also the political struggles of the community, and counteracting negative or stereotypical tropes around Black people found in the mainstream media.