Autograph ABP

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains a limited amount of original promotional material generated by Autograph ABP.

Administrative / Biographical History

Autograph ABP (formerly Association of Black Photographers) was founded in London in 1988 by Sunil Gupta, Monika Baker, Roshini Kempadoo and Rotimi Fani-Kayode with the aim of supporting and sponsoring black artists and photographers in Britain and around the world. Employing several high profile directors, including cultural theorist Professor Stuart Hall, they wanted to generate a forum “to make black photography a central issue of photographic practice.” The organisation achieved this through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, awards and publications. Major exhibitors include Ghanaian photojournalist James Barnor and Nigerian/British fine-art photographer Rotimi Fani-Kayode.

Currently, Autography ABP is based in Rivington Place Gallery, London alongside their sister organisation iniVA (Institute of the International Visual Arts). While they continue with their core aims they have expanded their profile to include other advocacy work for human rights organisations.


One numbered folder.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to researchers, by appointment. Please email:, giving at least two working days notice.

Further details about access to our collections are available on our website.

Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited as part of the SADAA (formerly SALIDAA) archive.

Other Finding Aids

A finding aid is available on the collection webpage.

Alternative Form Available

Digitised copies of some of the material may be available from the Autograph ABP Archive.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The collection is in good condition. It is comprised of paper items, brochures, postcards and booklets.

Archivist's Note

Described by Joanne McPhie with amendments by Katie Flanagan.

Conditions Governing Use

The material, unless otherwise indicated, is protected by copyright. You are unable to publish, in full or in part, without the permission of the copyright holder. However, you may use the material as permitted under statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, e.g. quote for purposes of scholarship within the limits of fair dealing.


Collection is complete.