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Book and exhibition highlights UK's diversity

15th April 2010

A new photography book and exhibition has created a unique portrait of Britain and celebrates the country's multicultural society.

Photographer and writer Caroline Irby spent more than one year attempting to photograph and interview children who were born in each of the world's countries and now live in the UK, according to The Times.

Out of the world's 192 nations, Irby managed to find youngsters from 185 to appear in her book A Child From Everywhere and supporting exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

The only countries from which the photographer could not find a child in the UK were the Central African Republic, North Korea and several Pacific islands.

Irby told the newspaper: 'What's happening here demographically is fascinating. We have the whole world meeting in one place at the same time and that's something which is unprecedented.'

The photographer's previous work has examined children and their relationship to political issues, covering subjects such as the conflict in Sierra Leone, child trafficking and HIV in southern Africa.

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