The word 'Faith' in relation to the City of London conjures up images of ceremonial events in St. Paul's Cathedral but there are over 40 other Anglican churches and Jewish, Dutch, Catholic and Welsh places of worship squeezed in between The Square Mile's towers of commerce. Photographer Niki Gorick talks about her latest book 'Faith in the City of London' (2021) and how she discovered a vibrant, diverse spiritual life within London's financial centre, stretching out into many faiths.
From weddings, evangelical bible studies, Muslim prayers and livery company carol services to Knights Templar investitures, huge wet fish displays, Afghan music and vicars wielding knives, the photographs show an extraordinary range of spiritual goings-on and charismatic personalities, all within the City.
With a foreword by the Lord Mayor, the book was supported by the City Corporation who staged an outdoor exhibition of the photographs in Paternoster Square and Aldgate Square from October to December 2020.
This illustrated presentation will share Niki’s discovery of the unique interaction between faith and commerce in the City of London, giving us a new perspective on The Square Mile.
As a British fine art photographer specialising in images of London and Londoners for over 25 years, Niki Gorick has established a reputation for capturing the true character of the city. Her enthusiasm for creating images has propelled a career spanning theatre photography, journalism, television camerawork and scriptwriting, during which she has lived in Canada, Hong Kong and Scotland, before returning to London.
Her photographs have been exhibited throughout London, including at the Barbican and the National Maritime Museum, and are in both private and corporate collections. www.nikigorick.com.