How great thou art: 50 years of Afro-Caribbean funerals – in pictures
Charlie Phillips, in The Guardian (July 25, 2014)
The spirituals sung, the Scotch bonnet berets worn, and the rum drunk at the graveside … Charlie Phillips’s photographs chart the rituals and the changes in African-Caribbean funerals in London since the Windrush generation, to preserve a part of British culture he feels has been overlooked. Here Phillips recalls the stories behind some of his most striking images
Any large city will always have a migrant population that dies and then fuses its own funeral traditions with the status quo.
These photos by Charlie Phillips of funerals in London’s Afro-Caribbean community are stunning.
If you’re interested, you can support his kickstarter campaign to create a book of these images.
Above image by Charlie Phillips.