Closing soon: Back in the Day: The Autograph Archive X Yardie exhibition

30 August 2018


Closes: 2nd September 2018


To celebrate the release of Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie, STUDIOCANAL and Autograph have launched a free photographic exhibition at Hackney Picturehouse.


Autograph, established in London in 1988 to advocate the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices, is an arts charity based in Shoreditch, Hackney, whose mission to enable the public to explore questions of cultural identity, human rights and social justice through photography and film.

This display features twenty-five works from Autograph’s archive, a unique collection of photographs addressing critical politics of race and representation. The photographs were produced by a diverse constituency of photographers from different cultural backgrounds who documented Britain’s Black communities in London during the 1970s and early 1980s. All works in the display are courtesy of Autograph, London, and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Artists included in The Autograph Archive x Yardie exhibition include Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi Raphael Albert, Armet Francis, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Charlie Philips, and Syd Shelton.


About the film Yardie:
Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). D grows up under the wing of a Kingston Don and music producer named King Fox (Sheldon Shepherd). Fox dispatches him to London, where he reconnects with his childhood sweetheart, Yvonne (Shantol Jackson), and his daughter who he's not seen since she was a baby. He also hooks up with a soundclash crew, called High Noon. But before he can be convinced to abandon his life of crime and follow "the righteous path", he encounters the man who shot his brother 10 years earlier, and embarks on a bloody, explosive quest for retribution - a quest which brings him into conflict with vicious London gangster Rico (Stephen Graham).

Yardie will be in cinemas August 31. 


Exhibition address (open 12-8 daily):
Hackney Picturehouse,
270 Mare Street,
E8 1HE

Exhibition website:

Film website:

Picture copyright: Colin Jones, Untitled, from the series The Black House, 1973-1976. Courtesy Autograph.