LONDON.-The Michael Hoppen Gallery presents Colin Jones 'The Black House', on view through July 1, 2007. Thirty years since Colin Jones' seminal exhibition of The Black House at the Photographer's Gallery, we are proud to announce a new exhibition of one of the most volatile photography projects of the 1970s.
"When travelling from home to the Black House in the Holloway Road I was usually full of hope and optimism. On leaving I usually felt the opposite. I always seemed to go the same way. I passed places like Holloway Prison, Camden Town and Regents Park. Inside the park on my way home I felt that the Black House was another world - although it was only a mile and a half down the road it could have been thousands of miles away." Colin Jones
In 1973, Colin Jones was commissioned by the Sunday Times Magazine to illustrate a front cover article entitled On the edge of the Ghetto about the Harambee housing project in Islington, known as The Black House. This tall, dilapidated terraced house on a busy main street in Islington, had became a hostel for troubled young black men run by a charismatic Caribbean migrant, Brother Herman Edwards. The project was often visited by the police and always in strife with neighbours over too much noise and overcrowding. Many of the youths photographed embraced their portrayal in the media as iconic delinquents, reinforcing their status as outcasts. Never officially named The Black House, the building was given this name both by residents and by newspaper editors as an easy headline. At this time, the first generation of Afro-Caribean young people to be born in Britain were encountering problems with schooling, employment and the law - Jones' photographs put a face to this news story.