So it’s just days until Queen fever reaches its zenith. Whether you’re a die-hard Royalist buying up Corgi mugs and Jubilee bunting, or simply smash and grabbing the two bank holidays and praying the sunshine lasts, its hard to avoid reflecting on what moments like this mean for British culture.
Who are the great British public and what do they do for sport? For their second year, the London Festival of Photography is asking just that. Its exhibition The Great British Public invites us to gawp at the inevitable cream tea eating middle-Englanders and street party twee-dwellers, so far so standard, but with a breadth of photographers that reach out from South-coast to Scottish Highlands, dip into barbershops, pool-table pubs and open mic nights this is a mosaic that reaches from Britain’s pomp-tastic to pockets of excess, boredom and creativity and back again. View it at your leisure.
The London Festival of Photography’s exhibition The Great British Public will be on view from June 1 through June 24.
Photograph: Arnhel de Serra – The New Forest and Hampshire County Show 2004.
Photograph: Martin Parr – Street games at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley.
Photograph: Nick Cunard – Faisal Abdu’ Allah of Faisal Barbers, Harlesden, London.
Photograph: Homer Sykes – The World Cup 2006, England v Portugal. England lose in a penalty shoot out. Fans photographed in beer tent marquee watching the football game in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Photograph: Ewen Spencer – From the series Open Mic.