Simon Frederick in London


Naomi Campbell, 2016 © Simon Frederick/National Portrait Gallery

In 2016, British filmmaker and artist Simon Frederick made a BBC television series, ‘Black is the New Black’, exploring Afro-Caribbean culture in Britain today. He interviewed many of the country’s most influential black public figures – from news anchor Sir Trevor McDonald to singer Alesha Dixon, footballer Les Ferdinand and supermodel Naomi Campbell – and also took the opportunity to photograph them. Now all of these portraits are on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in Room 33. But there’s more: visitors can also download the free ‘Black is the New Black’ app for a high-tech augmented reality experience, in which holding your phone up to a portrait will bring its sitter to life.

More information at: National Portrait Gallery