The show features the likes of comedian Sir Lenny Henry, singer Tinie Tempah, and athlete Denise Lewis, as well as former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, Britain’s first black Archbishop, John Sentamu, Lord Bill Morris and the first black leader of a major trade union, John Sentamu.
Photographer Simon Frederick originally took the pics for a BBC Two documentary, Black is the New Black, but donated the whole portfolio to the gallery.
Gallery director Nicholas Cullinan said: ‘These striking portraits of black British sitters powerfully reflect the diversity and variety of contemporary British achievement in public life.’
The images will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery from November 2018.
For now, here’s a taster.
Sir Trevor McDonald