Black Britannia exhibition in Stoke Newington

Snapper John Ferguson’s photographs showcasing at Open The Gate

AN 80s Fleet Street’s photographer launches an exhibition showcasing his favourite shots of inspiring black people in Stoke Newington this week.

Snapper John Ferguson has chosen the images of famous and not so well-known black men and women who have risen to the top of their chosen fields for the show at Open The Gate, The Black Culture Caf�.

Called Black Britannia, it includes newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald, comedian Lenny Henry, model Naomi Campbell, football manager Paul Ince and racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

John Ferguson said: “The aim was firstly to inspire black youth to broaden their horizons away from street life by providing non-stereotypical role models, and secondly, to show London at large, the incredible achievements of black individuals away from the all too frequent stereotyping of black people.”

The free exhibition, which is part of Black History Month opens on Thursday and runs until October 22 at Open the Gate, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road. For more information see www.openthegate.org.uk