Photographs of Notting Hill Carnival, 1979 | David Hoffman

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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 – just three years earlier during the hot summer of 1976 riots had broke out at the end of the carnival – a heavy police presence remained in place at the event until the end of the decade.

In our gallery below David 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.

Gallery

Drink Seller selling Red Stripe at Notting Hill Carnival in 1979
Soundsytem and Red Stripe, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Getting into the carnival spirit. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Fresh Orange Juice. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Soundsystem. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Ice Cream Seller, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Young Couple. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Punks at Notting Hill Carnival, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Punks kissing. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979.
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979. Photo © David Hoffman, all rights reserved.

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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