The People’s Monarch

BBC South East | 2012

Many people submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh.

Helen Marshall

Artist at The People's Picture

The People’s Monarch

BBC South East | 2012

‘The People’s Monarch’ was commissioned by BBC South East and depicts the Queen at the time of her coronation and at her Diamond Jubilee. It is 38 square metres and contains 5,000 photos. Its current home is at Gatwick Airport after touring at the Towner Gallery, the Turner Contemporary and Rochester Cathedral.

Some viewers also used the opportunity to share precious memories of loved ones they had lost. Everyday family snapshots, scans of photos of ancestors or from an era gone by, times of celebration and ceremony or times of trouble and loss, all remind us of our century-old love affair with the camera.

But more importantly, this project proves that we do not need to be professional photographers or artists to be recognised or represented in an artwork and that the photograph has a unique and simple ability to speak directly to all of us, no matter of our differences.”



Square Metres

Days of Reign of QEII

Behind the Scenes