Putting Britain in the Picture – 17.10.23

120 years of outstanding Daily Mirror Photography

The free to visit exhibition takes place from Tuesday 17 October to Tuesday 14 November in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

Since its launch the Daily Mirror has had a front row seat for the events, people and places which have shaped our history. This exhibition, to mark the Mirror’s 120th anniversary, is a tribute to the photographers whose images have changed, and continue to change, the way we see the world.

Our photographers have endured the horror of the First World War trenches, been arrested for spying in Siberia and stood on the roof of St Paul’s Cathedral as Luftwaffe incendiary bombs rained down. They have risked their lives reporting from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. They have covered natural disasters, famine and deprivation. They have partied with celebrities, witnessed era-defining moments in politics and recorded for posterity times of national celebration.

Selecting 56 photographs from the Mirror’s archive of five million pictures was an invidious task. In this exhibition we have tried to capture important national and international events as well as document the changing tastes and fashions of the last 120 years. They also reflect how the Mirror has not just held a lens to the world but used its voice to campaign for a better, fairer society.

The technology may have changed – the digital cameras used today are a far cry from the bulky, plate-glass cameras of the 1920s – but the determination to capture the perfect image remains the same.

These images are not just documents of social change and seminal moments in history. What makes them so remarkable is the brilliance of photography. It is easy to take for granted the hundreds of photographs which appear in the Mirror each day, in print and online. So many of them are not only outstanding pieces of photojournalism, they are also works of art. 

The Mirror was the first British national paper to give photographs a prominent position on the page.  We pioneered ways of sending back images from overseas. Our photographers and video journalists continue to innovate and find new ways of visual storytelling.  As we celebrate our past we also look forward to recording the nation’s story through the opportunities offered by new media.

The Daily Mirror wishes to thank the Betting & Gaming Council, Wex Photo Video and Fixation for their sponsorship of the exhibition. We would also like to thank the Canary Wharf Group and the Labour Party. 

This exhibition would not have been possible without the help of Ivor Game, Paula Dale, Michael Greenwood, Fergus McKenna and Cecilia Adamou.


For further information, please contact:

Press Office
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
E: pressoffice@canarywharf.com

Notes to Editors

About Canary Wharf Group:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 9 million square feet of mixed-use space and over 1,100 Build to Rent apartments. 

CWG is a large sustainable developer in the UK and has purchased 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and sent zero waste to landfill since 2009. 

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live, work and thrive on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to 16.5 acres of green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 70 bars, cafes and restaurants and over 300 shops, including 8 grocery stores, pharmacies and health clubs all within 15 minutes’ walk. 

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