About Neil Kenlock

Neil Kenlock is a former founder, shareholder and Director at Choice FM Radio London.  He hailed from Jamaica, joining his parents in London in 1963 and educated at Tulse Hill Comprehensive School, London.

From 1968-1973 he worked for an advertising agency, moving on to other art studios in London.  In 1973 he started out as a freelance photographer and photo editor on the staff of the West Indian World Newspaper, the first Black Newspaper.

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His assignments included Trinidad, the Bahamas and Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in Jamaica. He exhibited at the 2nd Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Lagos, 1977.  In 1998 Neil made available his highly sought after collection of photos for exhibition at Lambeth archive and the Windrush Exhibition. 

From 1973 - 1976 Neil founded the Grantham Road project, which is an annexe to Brixton Neighbourhood Community Association that arranges weekly classes to teach black youths photography.

Kenlock co-founded ‘Root Magazine’ in 1979, Britain's first glossy black publication. As Director in charge of advertising he developed an untouched African-Caribbean market, helping to steer profits from zero to several hundred thousand pounds over the course of a few years.  He trained many young African-Caribbean people on how to sell and market products to the black community and after selling his interests in Root Magazine in 1987, has continued to act as a consultant to publishers and companies in international trade across West Africa.

Neil Kenlock is keen to empower the black community and has worked with organisations such as the Sickle Cell Society helping raise funds for research for those with Sickle Cell disorders. He is also co-founder and trustee of the ‘Disarm Trust’, the anti- gun campaign and a member of the African and Caribbean Business Network (ACBN).

The complete Kenlock Archive is centred on over 30,000 images, including some which capture the cultural and political events of the 1960s and 1970s, which are now seen as part of Black British history, culture, politics and arts. In some instances, these were the only recorded evidence of unique events or epic moments.  The images feature the self-determination of the Black community in Britain and the historical nature of their experiences and culture.

Kenlock auctioned 3 of his photographs at the African and Caribbean Leukaemia Trust fundraising event, ‘The Gift of Life’, raising a total of £5,500. The National Portrait Gallery, London also purchased images of Lord Pitt, Paul Boateng, Norman Beaton and Eddie Grant to be kept as part of their permanent collection. More recently, Kenlock had a very successful exhibition entitled ‘Beautiful Black Women – 70’s Style’ in the Brixton Art Gallery, London and last year Kenlock gave an illustrated lecture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of London.