Muslim schoolboys,  Dewsbury, 1989
Muslim schoolboys,  Dewsbury, 1989
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Muslim schoolboys, Dewsbury, 1989

Denis Thorpe


A sea of skullcaps greeted the Guardian photographer, Denis Thorpe, when he was dispatched to a school in Dewsbury, Yorkshire in 1989 to cover a meeting discussing grant-aided schools. “They were so beautiful and intricate, and all the designs were different,” Thorpe recalls. “They were listening intently, so I waited and waited, willing one to turn around. If you will something long enough, it will happen. He’s not even looking at me but is distracted by something else.” It was a wonderful human moment, he says, that gave the picture the focal point it needed. Words: Hannah Booth



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