Pogus Caesar

Pogus Caesar (born 1953)[1] is a British photographer, conceptual artist, archivist, author, curator, television producer and director. He was born in St Kitts, West Indies, and grew up in Birmingham, England.

Early life[]

Pogus Caesar was born on the Caribbean island of St Kitts and came to the UK at an early age, growing up in Birmingham, Great Britain. A self-taught artist, he took up painting seriously in his early 20s. Caesar developed his own technique by using simple pens and ink, composing his paintings with thousands of tiny dots. This minutely detailed use of a fountain pen meant that even the smaller works took several months to complete.

Career[]

During the early 1980s Caesar became director of the West Midlands Minority Arts Service. He was also the first Chairman of Birmingham International Film & Television Festival.[2] For the Arts Council of Great Britain he curated with Lubaina Himid and contributed to exhibitions by Black artists, including Into the Open (1984) and Caribbean Expressions in Britain (1986).

During the late 1980s Caesar began working in British television – originally as a journalist on Channel 4's Black on Black, then as producer and director of entertainment, sport and multicultural programmes for Central Television, Carlton Television and BBC. Radio programmes include Mr & Mrs Smith BRMB Radio and The Windrush E. Smith Show BBC West Midlands. In 1993 he founded a production company, Windrush Productions - programmes include I'm Black in Britain, Respect, Drumbeat and the award-winning multicultural series Xpress.

As a photographer and artist Caesar has worked in Spain, India, South America and Sweden and Denmark, South Africa, Albania and Jamaica, documenting diverse communities. Caesar's artwork and photographs have been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), National Portrait Gallery,[3] Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery represent important visual documents recording key figures in black British history. Caesar's first publication, Muzik Kinda Sweet, is a photography book featuring legendary black musicians including Lee "Scratch" Perry, Stevie Wonder and Grace Jones. The foreword for the book was written by Paul Gilroy and it was published by OOM Gallery Archive in 2010. Caesar's second book, Sparkbrook Pride (2011), consists of 70 black-and-white photos of residents of Sparkbrook. The book has a foreword written by Benjamin Zephaniah and an introduction by Paris-based photographer Nigel Dickinson. The limited ion photobook Handsworth Riots 1985 documenting the inner city uprisings in Birmingham 1985 was published in 2020.In 2015 his photographs documenting the Handsworth riots of 1985 was presented by the Victoria & Albert Museum at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Caesar was featured in Jacqui MacDonald's book Portraits of Black Achievement: composing successful careers' (Lifetime Careers Ltd, 2001). The book included extended interviews with 70 black achievers, describing what it means to be black in Britain today. In 2018 Caesar was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University for his outstanding contribution to the visual arts. Caesar also made the list of '175 Brummies Who Inspire.' This includes inspirational people across arts, business, education, sports and science who either hail from Birmingham or have made a significant contribution to the City.

Exhibitions[]

Throughout the years Pogus Caesar has provided support and development for a host of educational and cultural initiatives regionally, nationally and internationally.

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References[]

  1. ^ "Pogus Caesar", Diaspora Artists.
  2. ^ a b Shannon, Roger (8 May 2008). "Life through a lens with Pogus Caesar". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Pogus Caesar - Person - National Portrait Gallery". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  4. ^ VIBES/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Burning Images Exhibition, 2005.
  6. ^ * Handsworth Riots – Twenty Summers On", BBC, 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ "From Jamaica Row – Rebirth of the Bullring" Archived 29 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Photographs of the development of Birmingham's Bullring OOM Gallery/Pogus Caesar.
  8. ^ "The Art of Ideas". Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  9. ^ Pattern Recognition exhibition Archived 23 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, The City Gallery, Leicester.

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