Three years ago, Great Britain’s Cultural Olympiad began work on a huge photography project. The goal was to photograph a Londoner originally hailing from every one of the 204 countries competing in the Games. A different photographer was to shoot each person for this mega portfolio of portraits called “The World in London.” And they came thisclose to compiling the full set of portraits, having photographed Londoners from all but six of the competing nations — American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Marshall Islands / Nauru, and Palau. The team has asked Londoners from any of those places to get in touch in the hopes of completing the project.
The remaining 198 images can be found at theworldinlondon.org.uk, alongside interviews with all the photos’ subjects. Here’s a selection of images:
Asel Talipova and Andre Bouverie; photographed by Regine Petersen
Bukky Bababunmi; photographed by Spencer Murphy
Tigana Wesa Sari; photographed by Kate Elliott
Nelly Hovsepyan; photographed by Anastasia Khoroshilova
Souleymane Koanda; photographed by Briony Campbell
Jenny E Schmidt; photographed by Simone Koch
Sangay Dorji and Sonam Yangchen; photographed by Pablo Bartholomew
Tūrkan Tekdemir; photographed by Jo Metson Scott
Raj Bahadur Gurung; photographed by Murray Ballard
Adoracion Dizon (Mother Mary Esther); photographed by Jane Hilton
Andrea Sarsoza; photographed by Cuny Janssen
Tsepo Ramoholi; photographed by Nadav Kander
Amit Ginbar; photographed by Sarah Shaughnessy
Maria Rosa Picart; photographed by Maria Kapajeva
Sei Moon; photographed by Suki Dhanda
Anonymous (North Korean defector); photographed by David Birkin
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