100 photographic portraits were selected from 31,598 portraits for the exhibition that were taken during lockdown
Fresh Film director and photographer, Harry George Hall, is to appear in the Hold Still
digital photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still is an ambitious project launched in May 2020 to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown.
100 photographic portraits were selected from 31,598 portraits for the exhibition that were taken during a six-week period during May and June, focusing on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness. The images present a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history, conveying humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope.
Harry’s portrait ‘Joanna in PPE’ was taken as part of an ongoing series documenting Joanna’s first year as a midwife. The recognition is dedicated to her, and her amazing colleagues at the NHS.
Launched by The Duchess of Cambridge and the Gallery in May, Hold Still invited people from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait which they had taken during lockdown. The Hold Still judging panel included: The Duchess of Cambridge; Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery; Lemn Sissay MBE, writer and poet; Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England and Maryam Wahid, photographer.
A selection of the photographs featured in the digital exhibition will also be shown in towns and cities across the UK later in the year.
International law firm Taylor Wessing are supporting the Hold Still project in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. They are long-term supporters of the Gallery and have sponsored the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for the past 12 years.
to view more of Harry George Hall and Fresh Film’s work.