Picture of Somali men from the 50s
Hope no one minds me adding a little something to this great shot, but I’ve been sat here for some time, staring at this picture, a photograph as familiar to me as the back of my own hand. Then finally, it struck me.
I studied in university under an amazing gentleman called Glenn Jordan, an American who moved to Cardiff during the 80s. Much of his creative and theoretical work since moving to the capital included the photographing of the city’s immigrant and minority communities, particularly in its old dockland area. Consequently, we were introduced to the work of Bert Hardy, the photographer who I believed to have taken this photograph, as a result of his exploration into similar communities some time further back during the 1950s.
- Photo taken by Bert Hardy in Cardiff
‘Down The Bay’. ‘A group of Somalis meet for a drink and a smoke at a cafe in Bute Town or ‘Tiger Bay’, Cardiff, 22nd April 1950.’
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