Keifer Taylor

BETWEEN TODAY & TOMORROW

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Biography

Keifer Nyron Taylor is a London-based filmmaker and photographer from Birmingham.
He has worked extensively in both mediums for Unit 137 Sound System, Daddy Freddy, Wunderhorse, Joe Armon-Jones, Wu-Lu and Kwake Bass. His photo-series, Betweeon Today & Tomorrow, focusing on Brixton’s overlooked street corners, has been published in DocuMagazine, and exhibited in the UK and Europe. His film Lloydie, The Boy from St. Thomas screened at Barbican’s Chronic Youth Festival’s
shorts program and Commonage.

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BETWEEN TODAY & TOMORROW

This photo-series began in 2019. It took years to build trust with the locals. A few still think I’m police. Even today I find this trust occasionally hangs on a thin thread with the usual questions of exploitation and notions of beauty cropping up. Many photographs aren’t traditionally beautiful but they constitute a panoramic view of Brixton’s overlooked - and increasingly gentrified - corners. Amidst the daily struggles, some show happiness, resilience and others are markedly confrontational. 

 

Alongside the socio-political pressures influencing their ordeals I hope Between Today & Tomorrow communicates the lessons in perception the people here have taught myself, helping us shake off preconceptions of those we would otherwise ignore or distrust. 

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Brixton, located in south London, is one of the most recognisable areas for dance and music enthusiasts as it is home to the iconic Brixton Academy where, among other bands, The Clash performed in 1979.  The history of this neighbourhood begins in the 1900s with the opening of Vauxhall Bridge, and today it is one of London's most iconic areas, inhabited by the city's largest Afro-Caribbean community. During those years, riots due to racism and problems with the police were very frequent, but fortunately a powerful transition is taking place and today it is a neighbourhood full of colour and vibrating to the sound of blues and reggae. From those times, beautiful murals are painted on the walls, praising the ethnic groups that live here and promoting peace and brotherhood between cultures.

With his photographs, Keifer is able to transmit to us the whole history of Brixton, of a vindictive and transgressive character, and marked by a past that today is still struggling to improve.