Black History Month

Photographs by Richard Saunders

As Black History Month comes to a close, explore the work of Bermudian photographer Richard Clive Saunders (1922-1987) in A Personal Perspective: Photographs by Richard Saunders on display in the Ondaatje Wing.

Born into segregation, the realities of institutional racism in Bermuda propelled him to leave the island and shaped the direction of his photographic career. “What matters to me are people and their feelings,” said the photographer, aware of the power of his images – which were published in Ebony, Time, National Geographic, Life and the New York Times – to bring about social change.

“Above all it is the dignity of man, of whatever colour, creed or persuasion, that must come through in my photographs.”

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Top: Women Building Lesotho Track, Lesotho by Richard Saunders (Bermudian, 1922-1981), silver print, 1971; and Malcolm X with Elijah Mohammed and Muslim Dignitaries by Richard Saunders, silver print, 1950s. Collection of the Bermuda National Gallery. Above: Topic Magazines and Archival Materials. On Display at BNG in A Personal Perspective: Photographs by Richard Saunders

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