David Hoffman | Notting Hill Carnival, 1976
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 in the UK.

Over forty years ago photographer David Hoffman captured the carnival in full swing. It was a year where tensions were high – as just three years earlier during the hot summer of 1976 riots broke out at the carnival and a heavy police presence remained in place at the event until the end of the decade. David still captured the colourful scenes and positive carnival atmosphere, a spirit that continues to unite generations of people coming together to celebrate culture, diversity and heritage.
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.
Photo © David Hoffman.

All Images © David Hoffman, all rights reserved. 

Find out more about David’s work and browse his photography from over the last five decades on his website here.

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David Hoffman | Notting Hill Carnival, 1979
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