dunhill Spotlights Dennis Morris' Photographs of Black Britain

by SHOWstudio on 4 September 2020

For the third installmanet of the brand's Community: Curated series, Morris shares imagery of black British working class style in 60s and 70s East London.

For the third installmanet of the brand's Community: Curated series, Morris shares imagery of black British working class style in 60s and 70s East London.

During the global pandemic, British luxury goods brand dunhill looked for innovative new ways of bringing their community together. Cue dunhill Community: Curated, a series of weekly conversations between creative director Mark Weston and the brand's collaborators. dunhill's monthly creative residency kicked off with Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert, followed by NTS Radio founder Femi Adeyemi. Now, British photographer Dennis Morris begins a new residency, showcasing imagery from his seminal book Growing Up Black. Providing a snapshot of black working class style in the 60s and 70s, Morris celebrates his East London upbringing and the immigrant Caribbean community of which he was part.

Photo by Dennis Morris

Morris is perhaps best-known for defining the Sex Pistols' visual identity, along with creating many classic images of the band's infamous frontman Johnny Rotten. Morris also worked closely with Bob Marley, lensing an enduring collection of black-and-white portraiture of the reggae legend.

'Music and style go hand in hand and act as a connector – and a great example of this is in the breadth of Dennis’ work: from the documentation of the Caribbean sound system culture in Growing Up Black to his work with Public Image Ltd – which at first may seem so diverse but after looking deeper, is so deeply connected,' says Weston.

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