Johny Brussels

Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer, and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award.

As a photographer, he has had work published by Cafe Royal Books and recently collaborated with author Caryl Phillips on a photographic essay for the BBC and Arts Council England. His photography has been featured on The New York Times Lens Blog and appeared in the German edition of the 2017 Reporters Without Borders yearbook. As part of an ongoing project, Johny founded and curates the award-winning online journal, part of the Guardian Newspaper’s Africa Network dedicated to the Afro-European diaspora.

Johny has had work published by Allen Lane, Penguin, Editions Les Arénès, Franklin Watts, Harvard University’s Transition magazine and Ariel: A Review of English Literature.

As a TV presenter, he has appeared on MTV, BBC, and ITV1. He recently wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary exploring black identity through the music of his father, who was a member of Northern Soul group The Fantastics.

He holds US and UK passports and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


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