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Adama Jalloh: the photographer shooting intimate portraits of black London

The south Londoner picks four favourites from her candid photos of the capital’s black communities

By Paula Akpan
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London’s greatest strength is its vibrancy, and photographer Adama Jalloh manages to capture just that. Over the last five years she has shot portraits of prominent figures including filmmaker Ava DuVernay, presenter Clara Amfo and the cast of ‘Black Panther’, and exhibited at Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre. But the south Londoner also uses her signature black-and-white style to immortalise tender, intimate and candid moments within the capital’s black communities.

Whether she’s capturing people striding down the high street or displays of childhood innocence, Jalloh’s street photography provides a deeply personal and nostalgic look at the daily lives of the people around her. We asked her to pick four images she’s particularly proud of and explain why the Londoners she’s captured stood out from the crowd.

Adama Jalloh

⬆ ‘On a Sunday, many Christians go to church dressed like stars. This little boy’s style and confidence encapsulates to me what “Sunday best” is.’

Adama Jalloh

 ⬆ ‘This image is a favourite of mine because the young girl looks like an absolute boss!’

Adama Jalloh

⬆ ‘What I love most about this photograph is that it simply shows a young black girl being carefree. This image carries a sense of nostalgia for me, making me think back to when I was that age.’ 

Adama Jalloh

⬆ ‘I picked this image because of the sensitivity, love and innocence of the two children. It was taken on the morning of Eid, when the whole of Peckham High Street was filled with warmth.’

Check out more of Adama Jalloh's work at adamajalloh.com.

Aerial photo of the Shard and Thames at night.
© Vincent Laforet - AIR

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