Amid the current, shocking, Windrush issue, a timely couple of exhibitions are being held next month at Lambeth Town Hall in South London. Alongside one documenting the gap between what the Windrush generation of immigrants were led to expect back in the Caribbean and the reality of 1950s Brixton — shared rooms in run-down houses, racist landlords and an attitude among locals that was sometimes far from welcoming — will be A Snapshot of Brixton: Harry Jacobs and the Empire Windrush. Harry Jacobs was virtually the official photographer to the black community for many years. He had arrived in the area from the East End shortly after the Second World War and, after working the local streets, he established a studio in Landor Road, Stockwell, which became quite a local landmark. In those days, Brixton was not only home to West Indian immigrants but had a thriving Jewish community and the Town Hall, where the exhibitions are being held, is opposite the site of the old Synagogue.
A Snapshot of Brixton, Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, May 23-July 6