Hold Still

Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020

Hardback Published on: 07/05/2021
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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
  • ISBN: 9781855147386
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Weight: 1110g
  • Dimensions: 280 x 210 mm

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Hold Still
A Piece of History
Inspired. What a lovely book. it captures the memories of ordinary people during the pandemic and, I am sure, gave closure to many people.
Helen Neil
Hold Still
Beautiful compilation
Such a lovely book. Very moving. Wonderfully captured photographs with moving stories make a thoughtful keepsake of these difficult days and the heroes it ... READ MORE
Hold Still
Memories for the future
I bought 4 copies of this book for our grandsons aged 9-17 to put away, so that in years to come hopefully with children of their own they will remember an... READ MORE
Hold Still
If I had to recommend one single pandemic photography book it would be this one.
This is the best collection of lockdown images/stories that I have seen (and I've been collecting such books) - it was beautiful, hopeful but also so emoti... READ MORE
Analogue Holly