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Photographer and journalist Johny Pitts shares how the Black voices of Europe are overlooked and unheard, investigating the preconceptions and dreams that have molded him and those around him.
by Johny Pitts
There are many Black communities across Europe, but their histories have often been omitted from traditional records. Johny Pitts is a Sheffield-born writer, journalist, and photographer who vividly documents his experiences as he travels through Europe, straying from the conventional tourist path in search of the hidden stories of Black Europe.
What emerges is not a unified Black experience but a record of its diverseness, aliveness, and beauty. Afropean is not only a personal record of Pitt's encounters and experiences. The book is a journey to examine how Black communities across Europe are still battling against the injustices of a colonial history which has tried to erase them.
When I first heard it, it encouraged me to think of myself as whole and unhyphenated: Afropean. Here was a space where blackness was taking part in shaping European identity at large.
- Johny Pitts
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