The National Portrait Gallery’s largest acquisition of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters opened to public display yesterday (10th October 2018) in Black is the New Black: Portraits by Simon Frederick, London (to 27 January 2019).
The display brings together exceptional figures from the world of politics, business, culture, religion and science, photographed by artist and director Simon Frederick as part of his acclaimed BBC TWO documentary Black is the New Black, broadcast in 2016.
With the support of Oath, Frederick gifted the entire portfolio of forty prints to the National Portrait Gallery in August 2017.
Sitters range from model Naomi Campbell, newsreader and journalist Sir Trevor McDonald, actor Thandie Newton, musicians Jazzie B of Soul II Soul, Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula and Tinie Tempah, comedian and actor Sir Lenny Henry, footballer Les Ferdinand, Labour MP for Streatham Chuka Umunna, and Editor in Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful.
Each of the thirty eight portraits featured in the display is ‘brought to life’ through a bespoke augmented reality (AR) app, created by Oath’s in-house creative team, RYOT Studio, to enable visitors to view video interview content from the BBC TWO Black is the New Black series on their mobile screens. After downloading the app on iOS or Android, visitors can hold their phones up to the portraits, which will come to life with moving images and audio of the sitter. Users simply touch a portrait to watch the short video interviews.