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Black is the New Black

Black is the New Black, a new exhibition celebrating British black achievement, has opened at the National Portrait Gallery. [Picture: Simon Frederick/NPG]

Black is the New Black: Exhibition celebrates black British achievement

A new exhibition featuring photographic portraits of Naomi Campbell, Les Ferdinand and Trevor McDonald has opened, celebrating black British achievement.

Black is the New Black is the largest collection of photographic portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters in the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

It brings together exceptional figures from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science to celebrate black British achievement today.

Artist and director Simon Frederick photographed sitters, who also included Thandie Newton and musician Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, to recognise the profound impact of black individuals on British culture.

The portraits were made as part of Frederick’s acclaimed BBC Two documentary series of 2016 on black culture in modern Britain.

It will be on at the National Portrait Gallery until January 27, 2019 and is free.