Our favourite images from the huge ‘Portrait of Britain 2018’ exhibition

We’re always trying to give you a snapshot of life in London (and beyond), which is brilliantly delivered by 2018’s Portrait of Britain exhibition. Taken from the new book of the same name, this exhibition is running throughout September.

But where? Well, everywhere. That’s because the pictures are all being displayed by the advertising company JCDecaux, which owns digital screens in public spaces in London and across the UK. So, you can’t miss it! Here are our favourite images, with quotes from the photographers. 
Rabbi Gluck by Christian Sinibaldi, Stoke Newington, London
Rabbi Gluck by Christian Sinibaldi, Stoke Newington, London 
‘Rabbi Gluck is one of the spiritual leaders of the synagogue on Cazenove Road. This road sums up the diversity of East London: along it there is the synagogue, a mosque and the oldest queer bar in the area.’ 
Ties by Alexandra Adami, Chelsea, London
Ties by Alexandra Adami, Chelsea, London
‘These Catholic girls are pictured with their much-loved Muslim nanny. I wanted to show the close bond between them despite their difference in age and ethnicity.’ 
The Tea Drinker by Crispin Lingford, Bermondsey, London
The Tea Drinker by Crispin Lingford, Bermondsey, London 
‘Hasan has been the owner of his take-away in Bermondsey for decades, a place he designed and helped to build himself. He finally retired this year but was still spending hours there per day when I took this image.’ 
British Soldier by Jorge Gutierrez, Westminster, London
British Soldier by Jorge Gutierrez, Westminster, London 
‘I marvelled at this soldier’s quiet dignity and discipline when confronted by thousands of tourists at the Household Cavalry Museum. He stands proud, part of a long British military tradition and multicultural Britain.’ 
Pat by Jane Hilton, Wood Green, London
Pat by Jane Hilton, Wood Green, London 
‘Pat is 79 years old and loves to cook. Originally from Liverpool, she moved to Wood Green sheltered housing to maintain her independence.’ 
Asma by Sophie Green, Birmingham
Asma by Sophie Green, Birmingham 
‘Asma, a member of an all-female Muslim basketball team, is pictured with some of her teammates. They are part of a worldwide campaign that is urging the International Basketball Federation to lift the ban on religious headgear in elite sports.’ 
Diran Adebayo in front of a portrait of Sir Christopher Wren by Rory Carnegie, Oxford
Diran Adebayo in front of a portrait of Sir Christopher Wren by Rory Carnegie, Oxford
‘Diran is a British writer who wrote a very moving novel about a young black man who studied at Oxford. I made this portrait of Diran, who was himself a student at Oxford, as part of an initiative to encourage people other than white males to apply to study at the university.’ 
Tika by Nirish Shakya, Worthing
Tika by Nirish Shakya, Worthing
‘Every year, Nepalese people around the world celebrate Dashain by receiving blessings and red tika from elders. It is customary for the family to pose for a picture with tika smudged on their foreheads. I took this family portrait to show the diversity of families, traditions and cultures in Britain.’ 
Rehabilitating Roy's Parrot by Alexander Flemming, Budleigh Salterton
Rehabilitating Roy’s Parrot by Alexander Flemming, Budleigh Salterton 
‘Roy had an African grey parrot on his back when I saw him on a beach in Devon. He and his wife were on holiday with two of these birds, which they rescued, and their dog. As part of the rehabilitation process, the birds are taken out in cages, giving them access to the open sea air.’ 
Giles at Camasunary Bothy by Nicholas JR White, Isle of Skye
Giles at Camasunary Bothy by Nicholas JR White, Isle of Skye 
‘I met Giles at a remote bothy (a basic shelter) on the Isle of Skye. Without power, running water or phone signal, the ‘bothy experience’ brings strangers together in a unique way. This image belongs to Black Dots, an exploration of mountain bothies and bothy culture across Great Britain.’ 
Tired but still elegant after a very special day by Christine Barbara, Brighton
Tired but still elegant after a very special day by Christine Barbara, Brighton ‘Ida celebrating her 100th birthday at Downlands care home.’ 

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