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Simon Frederick on why Black is the New Black

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As photographer/director Simon Frederick peers down the stairway overlooking his current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, it’s a significant moment.

Black is the New Black features 30 prominent black personalities from the worlds of politics, business, culture, religion and science and represents the largest group of portraits of Afro-Caribbean sitters into the iconic venue’s collection.

Another big moment was when Frederick heard American rapper Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy say something which eventually


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