Harry Jacobs established a studio in Stockwell, south London, where he became a renowned photographer to the Caribbean community for decades

If you find yourself in a south London front room, you may see a photograph on the sideboard, or in an ornate cardboard frame pinned to the wall, showing family members standing in front of a bucolic backdrop and behind an oversized basket of flowers. The photo, one of approximately 60,000, was taken by my grandfather, Harry Jacobs, some time between the late 1950s and 1999.

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