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Exhibition: Changing the Story / Oxford, 10–29 January 2022

The exhibition Rommi Smith: Changing The Story: Photographs Of British Life In Black And White (1917-1962) is showing at the North Wall gallery in Summertown, Oxford. It’s a selection of 34 images from major British photo library TopFoto, curated by writer-in-residence at the archive, Rommi Smith. These photographs show a radial diversity that ‘disrupts ideas of Britishness as solely white’.

‘I open the album and am spellbound; immediately struck that what unites these temporally disparate photographs – these stories of people and places across time and space – is the racial diversity of the protagonists in them. These photos flip the script on Britishness: my history lessons did not look like this.’ Dr Rommi Smith

There is an associated event on the evening of 20 January.

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