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A fine art photography book that captures the vibrant and diverse spiritual life within London's financial heart.
140 backers pledged £21,084 to help bring this project to life.
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My aim with this book is to share my discovery of the unique interaction between faith and commerce in the City of London.  I want to give a new perspective on the City and provide a real insight into a side of this globally important financial district not dominated by money-making business but by the spiritual. Apart from the world famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, there are over 40 other churches squeezed in between the City’s towers of commerce and I hope that this book will encourage more people to explore not only these amazing buildings but the hidden world of worship going on inside them. 

Clockwise from top left: Easter Vigil at St. Bartholomew the Great. / Anglican Bishop of London with Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London. / Wedding at Bevis Marks Synagogue. / Indian Orthodox Christian Service. / Muslim Friday prayers inside the Wax Chandlers’ Livery Company. / Remembrance Day outside the Lloyds Building.

Over the last four years, I have gained unique access to photograph the day-to-day workings of these religious enclaves and I have captured everything exactly as it has happened - nothing has been posed or photoshopped. The result of over 200 visits is a book that reveals a hidden world of worship that is surprisingly vibrant and diverse and which stretches out into many different faiths.

From family weddings and the rituals of daily services, through to dramatic investitures, magnificent harvest festivals, musical events of many varieties and celebrated, popular vicars, the photographs show an extraordinary range of spiritual goings-on and charismatic personalities.

Clockwise from top left: Salvation Army morning prayers. / Palm Sunday procession by St. Vedast. / Anniversary celebrations at All Hallows by the Tower. / Afghan music at St. Ethelburga’s. / Harvest Festival at St. Mary at Hill. / London Chinese Philharmonic Choir rehearse at St. Mary Abchurch.
From left to right: Investiture by The Grand Priory of Knights Templar at St. Stephen Walbrook. / Easter Sunday at St. Giles’ Cripplegate. / Clerics gather outside the Stock Exchange by St. Paul’s Cathedral.
From left to right: Preparations in St. Olave’s vestry. / High ceremonial send-off at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the Bishop of London. / Livery company wedding at All Hallows by the Tower.

I now have the exciting opportunity to publish ‘Faith in The City of London’ with the renowned Unicorn Publishing in Spring 2020. This high-quality, large-format, hardcover art book will feature over 150 of my colour and black & white photographs, with an introduction written by the acclaimed art critic Edward Lucie-Smith and a foreword by the Lord Mayor of London.

I need your pledges for this Kickstarter campaign to do this.  The economics of fine art publishing have changed and for a book of this calibre I must provide the funds for production myself.  I would be grateful for your financial support.

Do have a look at all the different thank you rewards for the suggested contribution levels, as these include signed books, framed London prints from my collection as printed by King & McGaw   https://www.kingandmcgaw.com/prints/niki-gorick  and a special tour of some of the City churches.

Please help me to realise this unique portrait of an unheralded side to life in the City of London.  You can learn more about me and 'Faith in The City of London' by watching my Kickstarter video (Please scroll up to the top image to find the start arrow).

Thank you so much for your support.

 http://www.nikigorick.com 

Risks and challenges

Unicorn Publishing have agreed to publish this book if I raise the funds for production. Unicorn will be promoting ‘Faith in The City of London’ at the Frankfurt Book Fair as one of their Spring 2020 titles. The only real risk is that I need the funds from a crowdfunding campaign.
Of course, it is possible that there may be some delays in the production process but the photographs are ready and the design has already been agreed. I will certainly keep you all informed, stage by stage, so that you can follow the book’s progress through to the final result.

Please contact me by email - photos@nikigorick.com - if you have any questions.

Niki Gorick

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    Signed Book & Personal Thank you Card

    You will receive a SIGNED COPY OF 'FAITH IN THE CITY OF LONDON' (excluding shipping costs) and a personal thank you card.

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    2 Signed Books & named as a Benefactor

    You will receive 2 SIGNED COPIES OF 'FAITH IN THE CITY OF LONDON' (excluding shipping costs), your name in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional) and a personal thank you card.

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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 257

    As above + Framed London Print

    You will receive a FRAMED FINE-ART LONDON PRINT (33cm x 42cm) from Niki's B&W collection, as printed by King & McGaw, 2 SIGNED BOOKS, your name printed in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional) and a personal thank you card (excluding shipping costs).

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    • FRAMED FINE-ART LONDON PRINT from Niki's Collection (33cm x 42cm)
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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 643

    As above + Guided Tour of City Churches

    A GUIDED TOUR of some of the City churches featured in the book led by expert City of London Guide David Thompson and Niki herself, at a mutually convenient time (excluding personal travel expenses). You will also receive a FRAMED FINE-ART LONDON PRINT (33cm x 42cm ) from Niki's B&W collection, as printed by King & McGaw, as well as 2 SIGNED COPIES OF 'FAITH IN THE CITY OF LONDON', your name printed in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional) and a personal thank you card (excluding shipping costs).

    Includes:
    • GUIDED TOUR of City Churches
    • FRAMED FINE-ART LONDON PRINT from Niki's Collection (33cm x 42cm)
    • 2 SIGNED COPIES of 'Faith in The City of London' BOOK
    • Your name printed in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional)
    • Thank you card with personal message
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,285

    + Large London Print + Launch Invitation

    You will receive a LARGE FRAMED FINE-ART PRINT (47cm x 62cm) from Niki's B&W London collection, as printed by King & McGaw, and a VIP INVITATION TO THE BOOK LAUNCH, as well as a GUIDED TOUR of some of the City Churches by expert City of London Guide David Thompson and Niki herself, at a mutually convenient time (excluding personal travel expenses), together with 2 SIGNED COPIES OF 'FAITH IN THE CITY OF LONDON', your name printed in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional) and a personal thank you card (excluding shipping costs).

    Includes:
    • VIP INVITATION to the Book Launch
    • LARGE FRAMED FINE-ART LONDON PRINT (47cm x 62cm)
    • GUIDED TOUR of City Churches
    • 2 SIGNED COPIES of 'Faith in The City of London' BOOK
    • Your name printed in the book as a BENEFACTOR (optional)
    • Thank you card with personal message
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