- Date: 2 April 2012
- Region: London
Laka, Mongolia (2010). Credit: Max Hamilton, Courtesy The Photographers' Gallery, London
The Photographers’ Gallery is launching a major outdoor photography exhibition as part of the London 2012 Festival. 204 portraits will be exhibited as large-scale posters in Victoria Park in East London, and on Ramillies Street opposite The Photographers’ Gallery which will reopen in May this year.
The World in London celebrates the capital as a place where people from all parts of the world live side by side, each of them contributing to make London the unique city it is. All of the 204 Photographers, both established and emerging, have been commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery to take portrait shots of the sitters over the last three years. The image for Great Britain is a portrait of the late Alexander McQueen, the fashion designer legend who was photographed by American born photographer Andres Serrano in February 2009.
Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England, said:
'London has a long history of welcoming the world; creating an environment where new cultures meet and become part of the very fabric of the city. The World in London will tell some of those stories through the powerful medium of photography, and show that many people from different backgrounds can all be united under the title ‘Londoner’. We are proud to support this project in what will be a very special Olympic year and look forward to seeing the works become part of the city landscape.'
The hunt is now on to find the final six sitters for the project. The Photographers’ Gallery is looking for Londoners from the following countries to take part: American Samoa, FS Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau.