Vanley Burke

School of Art and Design

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Art

Dr Vanley Burke has been called one of Britain’s leading documentary photographers, one of the best Black-British exponents of the documentary genre and Grandfather of Black British photography. His work has been showcased across the globe, from New York to the Tate Galleries.

He is Britain’s foremost Cultural Anthropologist who specialises in documenting migratory patterns of the Caribbean Diaspora. Over the past ten years, thousands of his images have been catalogued to create a unique archive in Birmingham Central Library. Many of his images document the life of the African-Caribbean community, from the late 1960s to the present day.