David Hoffman’s Images of Notting Hill Carnival – 1979

By Paul Wright

Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest and most famous street carnivals in the world. Set up in response to the Notting Hill race riots of 1958, it’s now a British institution and an important celebration of black British culture and equality in the UK.

Forty years ago this weekend photographer David Hoffman captured the celebrations. It was a year where tensions were high – just three years earlier during the hot summer of 1976 riots had broke out at the end of the carnival and a heavy police presence ensued at the event towards the end of the decade.

However in our gallery below David still managed to capture the colourful scenes and positive spirit of the carnival. Generations of people coming together to celebrate their culture and heritage.

Gallery

Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.
Notting Hill Carnival 1979. Photo © David Hoffman.

All images © David Hoffman.

Visit David’s website here http://www.hoffmanphotos.com

2019 © British Culture Archive

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