The Portrait of Britain, one of the largest contemporary portrait exhibition in the UK, is a celebration and reflection of the rich diversity of modern Britain. It returns this year for the third time, collating over 13000 submissions and selecting 200 portraits on its shortlist.
A total of 100 winners were finally chosen, and will feature, alongside the other shortlisted portraits, in the first ever compilation book produced by British Journal of Photography.
Among the winners is Marianne Olaleye, a Nigerian-born London-based photographer first and foremost about storytelling, and expressions of human behaviour.
The photographer took to Instagram to announce:
"Super pleased to announce that my portrait of the wonderful has been selected by as one of the winning images for Portrait of Britain 2018. This image will be exhibited on screens across the UK throughout September, and featured in the first ever book."
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The winning portraits will appear on JCDecaux screens throughout September, all around the UK.
“Digital Out of Home’s reach and scale provide the perfect platform to showcase this inspiring and unique exhibition, which celebrates multiculturalism and diversity throughout the country,” says JCDecaux, “and it can be enjoyed by people as they shop, travel and socialise in cities nationwide.”
About Marianne Olaleye
On her website, Marianne describes her kind of photography as simple and candid – a means of portraying people who demonstrate beauty not only in their physical appearance, but also in the relationship they have with their environment.A recurring theme in her photography is the candid nature of feminine beauty. Simplicity is at the core of her work. Each person has a story to tell — therefore Marianne aims to give them the centre stage while showcasing the universality, and raw, natural beauty of women. She hopes that her images will play a role in improving media representations of beauty.
She has high-end clients both home and abroad such as the former vice-president of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar; the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode; Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, for Aftenposten.