Photographer’s shopping centre exhibition shows the authentic face of black Britain


Cephas Williams with one of the photos from his Portrait of Black Britain exhibition at Manchester’s Arndale Centre

Cephas Williams has had two very different experiences in shopping centres recently – but they are, on one level, intimately linked.

Last week, the photographer launched a major exhibition of 116 giant portraits – of poets and professors, entrepreneurs and social workers – in the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

He has turned the mall into a makeshift art gallery for his Portrait of Black Britain project. A highlight of the city’s international arts festival, it’s an attempt to counter the inadequate

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