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.