Historic England is featuring a new photography exhibition running from 11 July to 4 September. The exhibition ‘I am London’ currently has 59 photographs with 59 different Londoners. Each photograph is featuring London’s historic buildings and places that have become a part of the city’s DNA. People that are working and living in London are featured as the faces to show the identity of the city. Historic London created the project to help celebrate the city’s unique and complex identity. By showing all the city’s historic places, there is a hope to continue this identity for many years to come. ‘I am London’ showcases a snapshot of London through the people and places that are represented in each frame. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said “this wonderful exhibition encapsulates how much London has changed over the years, but also reminds us why the capital continues to be the most open, pioneering and diverse city on the planet.”
Each of the 59 photographs has a different Londoner and story to tell. From the longest running businesses in Smithfield, Billingsgate, Borough and Columbia road market to a student at the Royal School of Needlework, people that view the exhibition get a taste of it all. The stories and backgrounds are chosen by each individual Londoner for how they want to show the city’s heritage. Historic England is looking for the 60th Londoner to be featured in the ‘I am London’ exhibition. Anyone can apply online and see if they too can tell their story of what makes the city’s heritage so unique and different from any other city.
The exhibition is free to view and is running at Central Saint Martins, UAL Window Galleries, Kings Cross.
To learn more about the exhibition and apply to be the 60th Londoner, go to https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/visit/exhibitions/i-am-london/
Photo credit: Historic England