The history of Carnival in photos
Notting Hill Carnival officially turns 50 this year. We look back at the long history of London's biggest party
1964: The children's carnival
1966: Music in the streets
1968: Charlie Phillip's favourite shot
'I was in my makeshift darkroom at home when I heard a commotion outside. I went to investigate and saw a large group of people on the corner of Tavistock and Portobello Roads. This was 1968: one of the first times that the carnival took to the streets and became the large public event it is nowadays. Before that date, it had been started by Claudia Jones as a carnival gala which took place over one day in various halls like St Pancras Town Hall and around Notting Hall.'
Charlie Phillips, photographer and documenter of black culture in London
1971: A landmark case
1973: The soundsystems arrive
1976: Riots break out
1981: Good Times soundsystem begins its reign
1990: Giles Moberly's favourite shot
'It's 1990 and I'm wandering around Tavistock Crescent looking for pictures. There's a group of men with flat top hairstyles: one had a message on his T-shirt I liked. A bass-heavy tune kicked off and they all started dancing and jumping. Instinctively I took a few shots and quickly moved on. The rest is history.'
Giles Moberly, photographer
2013: Maria Brosnan's favourite shot
'This was taken in 2013. I've been going to Carnival religiously since I was a kid. My mum's Trinidadian so I feel like it's a bit of our cultural heritage. I used to go to the soundsystems, but five years ago I started playing mas - getting dressed up and dancing behind a truck - with Arawak Mas Band. The year I started, this couple told me I hid behind the camera the whole time. I hadn't stopped drinking, so I think I just hadn't worked out what to do with my hands yet! I love this picture of them ignoring me. It makes me think of that conversation and how grateful I am for their honesty. And it reminds me not to hide behind the camera!'
Maria Brosnan, events and environmental photographer
2013: Twerking coppers
2016: Carnival today
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