The Hidden City by Emile Holba

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The Hidden City by Emile Holba, commissioned by City of London Corporation for Culture Mile

The Hidden City is a photography commission by photographer Emile Holba that aims to change perceptions of the City and showcase the everyday creativity that takes place behind the scenes, across the City.

This commission tells the untold stories of Culture Mile, exploring what creativity means, not only within cultural organisations, but across the wide range of sectors that make up this unique area of the City.

The organisations represented in the exhibition are: ABRSM, Barbican, The Charterhouse, City of London Corporation, City Music Foundation, Create London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Helical plc, Innovation Warehouse, Linklaters LLP, London Symphony Orchestra, Maggie's Centre, Museum of London, Music in Offices, Barts Pathology Museum, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, The Worshipful Company of Salters and Vital Arts/Barts Health NHS Trust.


Teaching the Hidden City

Led by Culture Mile Learning, sixth form students at City of London Academy Highbury Grove worked with their teacher Ella James and photographer Emile Holba to produce a final photo triptych (mirroring The Hidden City format) – capturing an object, space and portrait, inspired by their own personal lockdown environment and story.

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Emile Holba

Emile Holba is a documentary and portraiture photographer and a 2019 winner of the British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Awards.

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Culture Mile is a new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital.

The City of London Corporation, together with the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London, are bringing the area to life with imaginative collaborations and exciting events.

The Culture Mile core partners