Here and Now: Colourful London street portraits by Niall McDiarmid

For more than six years, Scottish photographer Niall McDiarmid has been
documenting the people he meets around London. And now his
works are to go on display as part of the Museum of London’s

City Now City Future
, where a striking outdoor display will
showcase his vivid street portraits in an exploration of
colour, frequently combining or contrasting the subject’s
clothes with their surroundings.

Niall rarely photographs people more than a few yards from
where they first meet and, by recording the date and place of
each brief encounter, he has constructed a collective identity
of London today. He remarks: “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.”

Niall’s first book, Crossing Paths, A Portrait of Britain, was
published in 2013. A second book, Via Vauxhall, followed in
2015. You can see his works as part of City Now City Future,
which runs from May 2017 – April 2018 and is made up of over a
hundred events, exhibitions, creative commissions, talks and
debates that explore the joys, frustrations and evolution of
global cities and our lives within them. More events and
activities will be announced over the coming months.

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