Dennis Morris: 'Photography gave me confidence'

The photographer recalls how a chance meeting with Bob Marley launched his career

Dennis Morris was born in Jamaica and moved to London as a child. He became interested in photography after joining a photographic club for members of his church choir. He is best known for his portraits of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols, but from an early age Morris took photographs of his neighbourhood in Dalston, north-east London.

He recorded a backdrop of desolation at a time when many houses were being pulled down, and with them local neighbourhoods, but also he caught the sense of belonging and the pride of family life in Britain’s Caribbean communities.

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