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

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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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