As the last thirty years of Notting Hill Carnival have ticked by, so have the questionable haircuts, dance moves, and costumes amongst the crowds. While everyone else was busy drinking rum out of the bottle and looking for a place to take a leak, photographers Norman Craig and Giles Moberly were diligently documenting the party on camera.
From the Nation of Islam in their sharp suits to the girls dressed up as the "Soca Police Force," the photo opportunities were so good that Craig and Moberly kept going back year after year. The result is a slice of West London history. Here are their incredible photos from the last three decades of Carnival.
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Carnival-goers outside the Globe Cafe on Talbot Road, 1981 Norman Craig
'Class War' graffiti on the old Rough Trade shop in Kensington Park Road, 1983 Norman Craig
"It was 1990 and I chanced down Tavistock Crescent and found these lads with their great flat top styles telling the rozzers what they can go and do with themselves." Giles Moberly
"The Lone Groover just happened to be strutting his stuff towards the end of the day." 1994 Giles Moberly
The Nation of Islam, 1994 Giles Moberly
"The Ragga girls in St. Luke's Road just happened to be walking down the street, I gestured to photograph them, and they obliged. Then they simply melted into the crowd." 1994 Giles Moberly
Clydesdale Road sound system, 1998 Giles Moberly
"2001 was rainy on the Sunday, so that was going to be a challenge. However, here was a couple dancing outside The Peoples Sound sound system on All Saints Road." Giles Moberly
Costumed dancer in 2002 Norman Craig
Corn rows, Ladbroke Grove, 2003 Norman Craig
Local Police get close to revelers, 2003 Norman Craig
"The two geezers having a smoke were just chilling against the wall. The crowd was strong like a powerful current, I stopped by these two guys to let the surge pass, one guy just gestured with his finger to take their photo, so I obliged." 2004 Giles Moberly
"The gun is on the Guy Ritchie movie poster, not at Carnival." 2005 Norman Craig
"Explosive search dogs," 2007 Norman Craig
The "Soca Police Force" on patrol, 2009 Norman Craig
Bashment on Clysdale Road at King Tubby's sound system, 2009 Giles Moberly