“Individually these photos represent the moment that we crossed paths, but collectively they represent my portrait of London – a confident city, a city of the future, a city I call home,” says Niall McDiarmid, who has been shooting portraits on the streets of Britain’s capital for the last six years.
McDiarmid is showing a selection of these portraits in an outdoor exhibition at the Museum of London this summer, helping kick off the institution’s year-long City Now City Future programme. Rarely shooting more than a few yards from where he meets his subjects, McDiarmid notes the date and place of each encounter, building an archive of work that stands as a collective portrait of the metropolis.
McDiarmid’s show opens alongside two other exhibitions focused on London – a series of newly commissioned interactive films by artist collective Blast Theory, and a month-long residency by Lady Lucy, who will paint watercolour portraits of members of the public who have offered services, gifts or favours to other museum visitors.
“This is a really exciting time for the museum,” says Lauren Parker, lead curator of the City Now City Future programme. “By launching our first ever year-long season, City Now City Future, we have the opportunity to commission work from artists in a way we haven’t before.”
Here and Now: London portraits by Niall McDiarmid is on show from 18 May – 15 October. www.niallmcdiarmid.com www.museumoflondon.org.uk