Since 1965 the Notting Hill Carnival has given us a party to remember, as well as plenty of opportunities to snap a picture of a policeman awkwardly dancing to reggae.
But a party as big as this doesn’t organise itself – now Make with a Red Stripe will hero the true creators behind the Notting Hill Carnival – THE talents who bring one of the world’s most famous events to life.
World famous for her photographs of The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Clash, Radiohead and Morrissey (she used a vegan lens on her camera to take his picture), the legendary photographer Pennie Smith has shot an incredible series of portraits with each Carnival Maker.
Maker’s include the DJ Norman Jay MBE (this will be his 31st Carnival), Louise Forster from the London School of Samba, Adrian Luckie, who runs the Mama’s Jerk Chicken Station stall and Tube station supervisor Bert Clement, who has the keys to a special staircase only used during Carnival (which sounds a bit sinister but really isn’t).
If you’re planning on going to the Notting Hill carnival this year, you’ll have the opportunity to see Pennie’s Maker portraits for yourself – just make sure you wipe the rice and peas off your face before you see them.
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