- Vanley Burke is a renowned photographer whose work is especially concerned with Black culture in Britain.
- He was born in Jamaica in 1951 and has lived in Birmingham since 1965.
- Alongside exhibiting widely, Burke is also an avid collector. His archive is vast and varied, including posters, books, clothes, records, ornaments, and countless other items that provide a fascinating and invaluable insight into the UK’s Afro-Caribbean communities. These objects serve as a portrait of religious and political beliefs, artistic activity, fashion, leisure pursuits, food, health issues, and many other aspects of everyday life.
- Select exhibitions:
At Home with Vanley Burke, 2015, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham;
By the Rivers of Birminam, 2012, mac, Birmingham;
Moving Home, 2004, Light House, Wolverhampton;
Nkunzi – Photographs of Birmingham and South Africa, 1998, Soho House, Birmingham;
Carnival in Exile, 1987, The Cave, Birmingham;
Handsworth from Inside, 1983, Commonwealth Institute, London;
Black Art Gallery, London;
Pan African Congress Rally, 1979, Manchester