The World in London

As the Photographers’ Gallery prepares to open its redeveloped Soho home on Saturday, plans have already been laid for an outdoor exhibition elsewhere in the capital.

India Lord Paul Swaraj by Mary McCartney
India: Lord Paul Swaraj by Mary McCartney

The gallery has planned a major public art project set to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which will see 204 commissioned photographic portraits of 204 Londoners, originating from one of the 204 countries represented at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Andorra Maria Rosa photographed by Maria Kapajeva
Andorra: Maria Rosa photographed by Maria Kapajeva

These will all be exhibited as large scale posters in east London’s  Victoria Park, and in the Ramillies Street pedestrian zone opposite The Phographers’ Gallery in Soho.

Chile Fernando Casasempere photographed by Corine Silva
Chile: Fernando Casasempere photographed by Corine Silva

Exhibition The World in London is a look at cultural diversity in London through the lenses of leading and emerging national and international photographers.

Swaziland Emely Dlamini by John McCafferty
Swaziland: Emely Dlamini by John McCafferty

All of the commissioned photographs have been taken in the last three years. Among the subjects are Judith, a young mother from Haiti, photographed with baby, and Snezana, a Russian women, captured on her Thames River Houseboat, wrapped in a blanket, wearing pick slippers, backdropped by bare branched trees in winter.

Congo Reomy Darrell Ngami photographed by Stuart Griffiths
Congo: Reomy Darrell Ngami photographed by Stuart Griffiths

A poignant image of the late Alexander McQueen was commissioned as the UK entry, taken by American photographer Andres Serrano. 

Haiti Judith Craig Morency Nalus photographed by Dennis Morris
Haiti: Judith Craig Morency Nalus photographed by Dennis Morris

The project is incomplete though; the gallery is still looking for six Londoners from American Samoa, FS Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau.

Mongolia Laka Enke Bayr by Max Hamilton
Mongolia: Laka Enke Bayr by Max Hamilton

The World in London takes place in Victoria Park E3, from 27 July – 12 August, and in Soho outside The Photoographers’ Gallery Ramillies Street, W1 from 27 July – October

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