Exhibition and Talk: Darker Shades of White

Photographer and BBC presenter Normski presents an exhibition, zine and talk exploring early hip hop and urban culture

The latest exhibition from subcultural archivists Youth Club focuses on hip hop and urban culture.

Darker Shades of White gathers the early photography of Normski, who promoted urban music and dance on BBC television in the 1980s and 1990s. Beginning with his family life in London, it goes on to document the emergence of hip hop in the city.

Although far from the genre's homeland in the Bronx, in the 1980s the British capital became a centre of urban street cycle and style. Norman Anderson, who adopted the nickname Normski on a trip to New York, imbibed the scene wholly. The subjects of his photographs include Run DMC and Dr Dre.

The exhibition's opening, on 2 August, will feature a one-off talk from the photographer, exploring his role in the scene and the history of London's urban culture scene.

The opening night will also see the launch of a limited edition 40-page zine, created in collaboration with Youth Club and available for purchase on the night and at the Youth Club website.