Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020 (Hardback)The Duchess of Cambridge Patron of the National Portrait Gallery (author of contributions), Lemn Sissay MBE (author of contributions)
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Chosen from countless images submitted by members of the public during the pandemic and championed by the Duchess of Cambridge, Hold Still is a remarkable photographic record of the British nation in 2020.
Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still was an ambitious community project to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown. People of all ages were invited to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June 2020, focussed on three core themes - Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.
Featured here in this publication, the final 100 images present a unique and highly personal record of this extraordinary period in our history. From virtual birthday parties, handmade rainbows and community clapping to brave NHS staff, resilient keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. The images convey humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope - expressing and exploring both our shared and individual experiences.
Presenting a true portrait of our nation in 2020, this publication includes a foreword by The Duchess of Cambridge, each image is accompanied by an extended caption and further works show the nationwide outdoor exhibition of Hold Still.
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 1100 g
Dimensions: 280 x 210 mm
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