In the summer of 2014, Rhianne Clarke lost her father to cancer. A year after his death, the London artist’s mother found a negative binder amongst storage containing 35mm negatives. Inside were 450 single photos made by her dad, presumably during the 1970s and ’80s in East Dulwich. “My father was no photographer, yet his practice with both colour and black and white film reflects a developed style and ability in photography,” she says.
Despite being close to him, Rhianne’s father didn’t share or bond with her over his interest in photography. “Although this work may seem reminiscent of a memory of my father, it should not be considered as only evidence of a person’s life,” she adds. “Instead, it points towards the process of discovery and consolation specifically serving from the family archive.”
Now Rhianne has brought these images back to life in a retrospective series entitled Many Rivers to Cross. As well as celebrating his secret talent, the collection of at least 40 photographs serves as a testament to a profound moment in time for London’s Caribbean community.