The Modern Face Of Britain Through The Eyes Of Its Expats


Who would have thought the results of Brexit could have such a rippling effect throughout Britain, perhaps most evident in the art being produced in direct response to the anger, frustration and hurt being felt by all generations, nationalities and races across the nation.

An Exhibition By The People, Of The People, For The People

As of 1st September the Portrait of Britain, a UK-wide photography exhibition organised by the British Journal of Photography will show the modern face of Britain on digital JCDecaux advertising screens which will be set up in railway stations, high streets, bus stops and shopping centres.

After an open call for photographers of all levels to enter, 100 portraits were chosen from a total of 4000 entries. This is a poignant response in the wake of brexit to explore, confront and celebrate the diversity found in Great Britain; “provid[ing] a reflection on who we really are, away from the rhetoric of politics and the discourse of division” explains BJP.

What I find particularly poignant about this collection of photography is not only the way in which in many ways this exhibition is giving a face to immigration, making it real and human (a fact which might not settle so well with pre-Brexit viewers), but also the very fact that so many of the photographers that have been selected are in fact expats of all different nationalities living in London.

To name a few, we have: Eliza Tamo (Greece), Claudia Leisinger (Switzerland), Tereza Cervenova (Slovakia), Clementine Schneider (France), Ali Mobasser (Iran), Buki Koshoni (Nigeria), Sahil Lodha (India), Emanuele Giovagnoli (Italy).

The exhibition will run until September 31st. If you are interested in purchasing any of the photography, you can do so on the official Portrait of Britain website.