The first major exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs are currently on display at Autograph ABP. The images capture one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war history.
Between 1976 and 1981, the movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain. RAR was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music.
Under the slogan ‘Love Music, Hate Racism’, it showcased reggae and punk bands on the same stage, attracting large multicultural audiences. At a time when the fascist attitudes of the National Front were gaining support, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism.
“Shelton’s images…capture a period charged with thrills, anger and the threat of violence” – The Guardian
The exhibition runs until 5th December 2015 at Autograph ABP.