The World In London

The Photographers’ Gallery are putting on an exhibition called The World In London which celebrates the diversity of cultures in London. It will be on during the course of the Olympic Games and is part of the London 2012 Festival.

(Image source: Dennis Morris)

The portait exhibition brings together 204 specially commissioned photographic portaits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the 204 competing nations in the 2012 Games. The portraits will be shown as large-scale posters in Victoria Park, East London, and also in Soho opposite the gallery. It captures the unique and varied form of the human body and features. Each photo has been taken from emerging young Londoners too and so is contributing to encorporating Londoners in arts projects during the Games.

I’m looking forward to experiencing what should be a simple yet interesting portrait exhibition and one that portrays London as the uniquely diversified city it is. I’m also pleased to see that the Games has set up these kind of projects in the city.

(Image source: Max Hamilton)

The Photographers’ Gallery was set up in 1972 and is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography and they run free exhibitions regularly encorporating emerging, talented photographers. As a young, inspiring photographer I am thrilled to get some of my work exhibited at the FreeWord Centre as part of the Politics and Olympics Exhibition. This also relates to the Games this summer but is not directly part of the London 2012 Festival. Therefore, I will definitely visit The World In London exhibition and might contact Karen McQuaid, (Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery), in the future about my work.


About Joe Mason

My name is Joe Mason, I'm a 20 year-old Londoner living in Hackney, a host borough for the 2012 Olympic Games. Through this blog I explored how the Games affected local people. I was part of a group of students taking part in a program called Headstart. Now I use this as a platform for creative writing, audio, film, and digital.
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