Mckenzie Heritage

Mckenzie Heritage The mckenzie heritage picture library and archive (1996 - 2006) is a unique collection of historic i

26/08/2023
The MH founder is a recipient
19/01/2023

The MH founder is a recipient

🎉We are so happy to announce the recipients for our scheme Shifting the Gaze Round 3!🎉

This Bursary consists of £400 grants for BPOC writers in Sussex, Hampshire or the wider South East to research and develop new writing or project work with a focus on the landscape of the South Downs.
This includes a four months R&D period, mentoring and funding application support.

✨Writing Our Legacy’s Shifting the Gaze Writers’ Bursary round 3, in partnership with South Downs National Park and Changing Chalk, led by National Trust will be awarding bursaries to the following writers:

Anita J McKenzie
Dipesh Pandya
Luisa Ulyett
Madalena Fine
Nadin Hadi
Nalo Solo
Nicola Brooks-Williamson
Sense Turner
Shirini Heerah
Stephanie Stevens
Tanushka Marah
Zuzanna Moore

We are so excited to see what they’ll create!

https://writingourlegacy.org.uk/shifting-the-gaze-round-3-and-covert-talent-development-programme-2023-cohort-announced/

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This is why MH has a collection of engravings, so that stories, painful as so many of them were, would not get lost or d...
18/11/2022

This is why MH has a collection of engravings, so that stories, painful as so many of them were, would not get lost or denied…

Margaret Garner was an enslaved woman in America who killed her own daughter rather than allowing the child to be returned to slavery. A form of resistance not spoken about against this wicked system.

Qualified archivist required…
29/08/2022

Qualified archivist required…

The one and only   - A Journal by and about Black Women Working in Photography…
29/08/2022

The one and only - A Journal by and about Black Women Working in Photography…

MH pre-digital marketing back at the beginning!
18/07/2022

MH pre-digital marketing back at the beginning!

14/07/2022

The recent popularity of HBO’s The Gilded Age has sparked a growing interest in the story of the Black elite.

14/07/2022

I have been a deltiologist (collector of postcards) for over thirty years! I love the old photographs of our foremothers, (even if the images are problematic, a tyranny of objectification via the ethnographic gaze)!

As a Black child growing up in 60s England, I wondered about how my ancestors had dressed, did they wear African or Western attire? There were no reflections outside the Black community back then, there was no one to ask and no books to consult.

While the colonial approach to the production of these images had been crude, collecting images of these ‘real’ women, informs for me, a sense of lost ancestry and how I now approach image-making!

Reframing or reimagining the narrative is an intervention, a response and is the essence that informs my current exhibition’s (A Sense of Place - Caribbean Women in the Landscape) premise… Hidden reference points are always present!






Getty opens access to 30,000 images of black diaspora in UK and USPhotos dating back to 1800s made free to allow telling...
13/07/2022

Getty opens access to 30,000 images of black diaspora in UK and US

Photos dating back to 1800s made free to allow telling of black history stories beyond enslavement and colonisation

“terms of reference for identity from just “black”, to hyphenated identities that included “black-American”, “black-African”, “black-British”, and “black-diaspora”.”

https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jul/12/getty-opens-access-to-30000-images-of-black-diaspora-in-uk-and-us

Photos dating back to 1800s made free to allow telling of black history stories beyond enslavement and colonisation

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ephwa/hd_ephwa.htm
11/07/2022

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ephwa/hd_ephwa.htm

African patrons and entrepreneurs quickly picked up the new technology, which circulated and flourished through local and global networks of exchange. Photographers, clients, and images moved across the region often traversing both national and ethnic boundaries.

30/06/2022

You don't want to miss this. THROCKMORTON FINE ART Announcement Malik Sidibé Dance Halls, Studio & Soirees June 30th - September 10th, 2022 Image: Malik Sidibé Spanish Friends, 1968 Opening Recepti

01/06/2022
03/05/2022

Young boys in Spanish Harlem in New York in 1940.

Happy International Womens DayWhen the internet was still newly emerging, this was one of MH online resources…
08/03/2022

Happy International Womens Day

When the internet was still newly emerging, this was one of MH online resources…

15/01/2022

The restored archive of a rural Ugandan photographer is helping people reconnect with their past.

Exhibition catalogue cover: Transforming the Crown: African, Asian, and Caribbean Artists in Britain, 1966-1996
10/01/2022

Exhibition catalogue cover: Transforming the Crown: African, Asian, and Caribbean Artists in Britain, 1966-1996

Good to see this acknowledgement, but sadly this is so selective. Dozens more Black artists working in 80s Britain, whos...
10/01/2022

Good to see this acknowledgement, but sadly this is so selective. Dozens more Black artists working in 80s Britain, whose crucial work remain unacknowledged, especially in photography. If you recall, there was a raging debate in Black arts circles at the time about whether photography could be considered as art!

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2022/jan/04/blk-art-group-angry-young-blacks-keith-piper-tam-joseph-claudette-johnson?fbclid=IwAR1Fbz0usLuwffJ3SK86FT8B_CJ2aMcKl1AllLeINNpy-Mo7SZhJUuXzIWU

The Blk Art Group – whose once-shunned work is now coveted by galleries – were radical young artists who tackled shootings, racism and uprisings in the 1980s. So where are they now?

Lorraine O’Gradyhttps://lorraineogrady.com/about/
31/12/2021

Lorraine O’Grady

https://lorraineogrady.com/about/

BRIEF BIO Lorraine O’Grady is a conceptual artist and cultural critic whose work over four decades has employed the diptych, or at least the diptych idea, as its primary form. While she has consistently addressed issues of diaspora, hybridity and black female subjectivity and has emphasized the fo...

Great evening at  for finale watch of   last night. Panellists were Josie from , Matthew Hahn, Anita Jeni McKenzie and  ...
15/11/2021

Great evening at for finale watch of last night. Panellists were Josie from , Matthew Hahn, Anita Jeni McKenzie and Thank you host organisers James, and the . Sharing thoughts and storytelling…what’s really important about creating legacy is documenting events like this for prosperity and signposting others to it🪘

Indian Suffragettes 1911, London, includes Lo**ta Roy from Calcutta.
10/11/2021

Indian Suffragettes 1911, London, includes Lo**ta Roy from Calcutta.

https://youtu.be/iH-om7ANIBs
07/11/2021

https://youtu.be/iH-om7ANIBs

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dionne Brand's "A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging", Bard College Professor Nana Adusei-Poku reads passa...

04/11/2021

If you ever wanted to know more about the groundbreaking exhibition ‘Transforming the Crown’, here’s an opportunity to hear directly from the curator Mora Beauchamp-Byrd speaking at this event.

Do you buy Demerara sugar?
29/10/2021

Do you buy Demerara sugar?

The Demerara Rebellion of 1823 was an uprising involving more than ten thousand enslaved people in the Crown colony of Demerara-Essequibo (now part of Guyana) on the coast of South America.

Engraving: Slave insurrewction in Demerara colony, August 18, 1823, Bachelor's Adventure, Plate 4, (Joshua Bryant, 1823)

More: https://www.blackpast.org/global-african-history/demerara-rebellion-1823/The

Everything that was stolen should be returned…
29/10/2021

Everything that was stolen should be returned…

A ceremony is being held at a Cambridge college to mark the official transfer of ownership.

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Mckenzie Heritage Pictures (and Picture Archive)

“If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.” —African Proverb. At Mckenzie Heritage (MH) we dig images big time, thats what its all about. Preserving the past and celebrating the present through the visual. Started in 1996 by Anita J McKenzie, a photographer and image collector. It was the first of its kind, a Black-owned commercial picture library and archive, with a collection of historic and contemporary images in the form of engravings, lithographs, postcards, ephemera and photographs. The collection has been utilised by publishers across print, art, news and journalistic and other visual media industries. Supported with the expertise of a diverse advisory board, which included Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Len Garrison, William March, Conrad Taylor... In 2004 Mckenzie Heritage published ‘Contrasts, Textures and Hues – Exploring early printed images of people of African and Asian heritage’

This neat book features a collection of selected woodcuts, engravings and lithograph images depicting African and Indian heritage people which were circulated in western magazines and books of the 18th and 19th centuries.


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