Enoch Powell and Bubble Gum Boy, Wolverhampton
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
Acquired directly from the photographer
The Observer, 1970
Paul Hill (forward by Aaron Scharf), Approaching Photography, Focal Press, 1982 (illustrated p.53)
Brian Moynahan, The British Century. A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1997 (illustrated p. 258)
Paul Hill took a number of photographs of right wing Conservative Member of Parliament Enoch Powell on the campaign trail.
Hill recalls: "Powell commented sarcastically, when I saw him on other occasions during the hustings: 'Where are your models?'. During that election the former Tory minsiter told his constituents to vote Labour as the party was against joining the Common Markket at that time"
This photograph was reproduced on the front page of The Observer newspaper.
In 1968, just two years before this photograph was taken, Enoch Powell had gained notoriety, and lost his job as a front line politician, for his infamous "rivers of blood" speech in which he had responded to the Labour Gorvernments anti-discrimination Race Relations Act, by warning of the perils of immigration.