26 July 2012
Last updated at 09:58
Take 204 Londoners, 204 photographers, 204 nations and you get The World in London. It is an exhibition of portraits featuring people living in the capital, who originate from nations competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Social worker Judith Craig Morency-Nalus represents Haiti with her daughter Afrykah-Amaya.
Maria Rosa Picart from Wandsworth is retired and is pictured representing her home country - the principality of Andorra. The exhibition will be opened at The Photographers' Gallery in London on 27 July to coincide with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Here, artist Fernando Casasempere from Hampstead represents Chile. The portraits will be exhibited as large-scale posters in Victoria Park, East London and in the Ramilies Street pedestrian zone in Soho. They will also be featured on the website www.theworldinlondon.org.uk.
Mongolian-born Londoner Laka Enke Bayr is pictured in the kitchen of the pub he works in, and Reomy Darrell Ngami represents the Republic of Congo in Stratford. "This has offered us an unrivalled opportunity to highlight the creative potential of the portrait genre," said Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery.
Model agent Sei Moon from Soho is representing South Korea. The project has been running for three years and the overall image for Great Britain is a portrait of the late Alexander McQueen - photographed by Andres Serrano in February 2009. That image has not yet been released.
Russian Snezana Lukka-Biesek is pictured on her Thames River houseboat in winter 2010. The executive director of Arts Council England, Moira Sinclair, said of the exhibition: "London has a long history of welcoming the world. It creates an environment where new cultures meet and become part of the very fabric of the city."
Lord Paul Swaraj was born in India and was pictured in the London Children's Zoo in 2009. Some photographers found their own participants, others were found through connections to the gallery. The project is supported by the charity Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Arts Council London.