The world of worship in the City of London will be featured in an open-air photographic exhibition this month.
Faith in the City of London, which showcases the work of photographer Niki Gorick, will be presented in Paternoster Square from 3 to 28 October, before transferring to Aldgate Square for its 29 October to 26 November run.
The free exhibition will feature images from weddings, communions, evangelical bible studies, Livery company carol services, Muslim worship, and Afghan music to reveal the Square Mile’s vibrant and diverse spiritual life that stretches out into many faiths.
Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, Wendy Hyde, said:“Niki’s admirable skill with her camera and her ability to capture a moment of contemplation, joy, or stillness on someone’s face will certainly shine through in this new exhibition.
“I am sure that ‘Faith in the City of London’, presented in two impressive outdoor spaces in the Square Mile, will be a draw for everyone who is intrigued by the relationship between faith and financial services.”
Photographer Niki Gorick said: “When you explore the spiritual side of things and are offered the level of access that I was given, you begin to see London and Londoners from a completely new angle, and I hope that this revelatory feeling will be conveyed in the photos that I’ve chosen for the exhibition.
“Through this work, I am hoping to provide a real insight into how City workers are trying to connect to life’s deeper meanings, and where religious traditions and questions of faith are still very much alive.”
The exhibition complements Niki Gorick’s book, also entitled Faith in the City of London, which was published by Unicorn earlier this year.
Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell, who provides the foreword for the accompanying book, said: “Niki’s wonderful photographs have the ability to draw the reader into the City of London’s diverse spiritual life which, despite the large number of places of worship in the Square Mile, many people will be unaware of.
“Whatever their beliefs, I do hope that they will be encouraged to view the exhibition and learn more about people’s different faiths and the beautiful places of worship where they find peace, meaning, and a sense of community.”