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Polish London

Polish dumplings, "walls of crying" and churches. A portrait of the Polish community in London wouldn't be complete without these elements alongside the celebrating of Polish holidays, weddings and moments of triumph. It is the daily life of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the city. These are also portraits of those who succeed or play an important role in multicultural British society.

The history of Polish settlement in Britain began in the 10th century when the son of Polish princess Świętosława, Canute the Great became the king of Denmark and England. In the 16th century, when most grain imports to Britain originated from Poland, merchants and diplomats arrived to facilitate its passage. However, events in recent history have caused thousands to leave Poland for Britain including the end of WWII, Communist rule in Poland and most recently after the 2004 enlargement of the European Union. Unofficial estimates of the number of Poles and Polish-British living in the UK as close to one million people.

Przemysław Kozłowski recorded life in Polish London during several visits in the years 2006-2011 while working on assignments for daily "Gazeta Wyborcza", monthly magazines "Twój Styl" and "Poznaj Świat" and Museum of Emigration in Gdynia.