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Duchess of Cambridge launches photobook capturing loss and challenges of Covid crisis

They are images that capture the unimaginable pain and the loneliness of lockdown, but they also tell a different story. They remind us, said the Duchess of Cambridge, that we need each other “more than we had ever realised.” The 100 photographs chosen as finalists for the Duchess’s Hold Still project, designed to capture the national mood during the toughest days of the pandemic, are to be published in a new book. The glossy, hardback tome, Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020, will provide a unique record of the resilience, bravery and kindness shown during the crisis, whilst also encapsulating the utter human tragedy that came alongside it.

In an introduction to the book, the Duchess said she had wanted to use the power of photography to create a lasting record of the pandemic, to capture individual stories and significant moments for families and communities. “When we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic in decades to come, we will think of the challenges we all faced – the loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and friends and the strain placed on our key workers,” she said. “But we will also remember the positives: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who emerged from all walks of life, and how together we adapted to a new normal.” When the Duchess called upon Britons to capture life in lockdown last May, more than 31,000 submissions were received from people of all ages and backgrounds.

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