David Cameron announced in February 2011 that multiculturalism in Britain had failed. As the son of immigrants, born in the UK I reacted to this with trepidation and the mildest tinge of relief; the relief being that if there is a wasp in the room, as the saying goes, you at least want to know where it is. I still believe London is one of the most racially tolerant places to live, and it is always a pleasure to mix with Indians, Poles, Jamaicans, Chinese, Cockneys, Kurdish, and share the feeling that wherever we may be from originally, if you have never gone on the London Eye and know how to get home at three in the morning then you have to the right to call yourself a Londoner.

The Arcades series started as part of John L Tran’s 2006 PhD research into nostalgia in Japanese landscape imagery. It is now being expanded to cover sites in Europe and the United States.

‘The city writes its own script. Things are always much stranger than they seem’, wrote the London stroller and novelist Iain Sinclair (The Guardian, 14 July 2005). The written script, however, can be vocalized too as another distinctive novelist of the city John McGregor writes, ‘the city, it sings, so listen, there is more to hear’ (If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, Bloomsbury, 2002, pp. 1-2).

Mohammadreza Mirzaei

Born in 1986, Iran
Lives and works in USA

Mohammadreza Mirzaei is an Iranian photographer and an art writer based in Philadelphia, where he is pursuing his MFA at University of Pennsylvania. He was the founder and the editor of Dide Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to contemporary Iranian photography. He was also one of the jurors of International Photobook Award in 2011. Mirzaei is the translator of "La Grammatica di Dio"; short stories by Stefano Benni, from Italian to Persian. (Herfeh-Honarmand Publications, 2012, Tehran, Iran)