Photobook Celebrates The Roots Of Notting Hill Carnival

Now that carnival has come and gone for another year, take a look at these photos celebrating it’s origins…

Jerk Chicken, Red Stripe, mass swathes of people and sound-systems in overdrive – These are the things that have become most synonymous with Notting Hill Carnival today. Before The annual August bank Holiday weekend celebration became this spectacle of organised chaos it all began as a Caribbean carnival organised by human rights campaigner Claudia Jones in January 1959.

A new book, ‘Carnival: A Photographic and Testimonial History of the Notting Hill Carnival’, published by Rice n Peas Publishing, celebrates the magic, the musicians, the dancers and all the people who have behind the momentous occasion over the years.

The book written by Ishmahil Blagrove and Margaret Busby, took three years to put together. It features accounts from actors, artists, organisers and musicians accompanied by a vivid collection of photographs, 60% of which were taken by the photographer, Allan ‘Capitan’ Thornhill.

View a selection of images taken from the book below and see more information about buying the book here.