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Here and Now: London Portraits by Niall McDiarmid at the Museum of London

Simon Skinner - 6 years ago

For more than six years, photographer Niall McDiarmid has been documenting the people he meets around London. This striking outdoor display showcases these vivid street portraits and is an exploration of colour, frequently combining or contrasting the sitters’ 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, McDiarmid has constructed a collective identity of London today.

Making up a part of the Museum of London’s first ever season, City Now City Future kicks off on 18 May 2017. Large-scale art commissions and digital installations will include work by internationally-renowned interactive art pioneers Blast Theory, London-based artist Lady Lucy and also Niall’s portraits. The installations and commissions seek to challenge and inspire visitors both to get to know London in the present and also imagine its future.

Niall McDiarmid, told PhotoBite: “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.”

Here and Now, London Portraits by Niall McDiarmid runs from 18 May through till 15 Oct 2017: Museum of London

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.