THE GREAT BRITISH PUBLIC and life under Colonel Gaddafi are among the subjects on show at this year’s London Festival of Photography, which opens tomorrow (01.06.12).

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Both subjects fit into the festival’s theme – Inside Out: Reflections on the Private – in which ideas about privacy in a world of surveillance and social media are challenged.

Other exhibitions include Let This Be a Sign – a photographic take on the effects of the recession; Beneath the Surface – a look at 1970s apartheid South Africa, and The Queen, The Chairman and I, which traces photographer Kurt Tong’s journey from his “ancestral roots from more than a century ago to the present day”.

The majority of the venues for the festival are in the Bloomsbury/Euston/Fitzrovia/King’s Cross belt, but there are also events at the Tate Modern and the V&A among others: all in all there are 18 main exhibitions and 30 satellite events.

As well as the exhibitions, there are also masterclasses where top snappers hand out assignments; talks and debates, and a Photo Flash Mob planned for an as-yet secret location in Camden.

The London Festival of Photography opens on 1 June, with most of the programme over by the end of the month and some running through to July.