Duchess of Cambridge releases a new photo book

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The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photos illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a 'lasting record of what we have all been through'

The Duchess of Cambridge has said a book of 100 photos illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a ‘lasting record of what we have all been through’

The Duchess of Cambridge has said that a book of 100 photos illustrating the past year of the pandemic will serve as a “lasting record of what we have all been through.”

Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, launched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, features images of key employees and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.

The publication follows the anniversary of the first national coronavirus resolution on March 23, and will be available in bookstores and online from May 7.

Launched last year by the Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), the Hold Still initiative invited people of all ages from all over the UK to submit a portrait taken during the initial lockdown.

The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a new book with the National Portrait Gallery

The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a new book with the National Portrait Gallery

The Duchess of Cambridge has announced a new book with the National Portrait Gallery

Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, launched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, features images of key employees and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.

Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, launched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, features images of key employees and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.

Hold Still: A Portrait Of Our Nation in 2020, launched by Kate and the National Portrait Gallery, features images of key employees and people isolated from family and friends, as well as moments of joy.

The publication follows the anniversary of the first national coronavirus resolution on March 23, and will be available in bookstores and online from May 7.

The publication follows the anniversary of the first national coronavirus resolution on March 23 and will be available in bookstores and online from May 7.

The publication follows the anniversary of the first national coronavirus resolution on March 23 and will be available in bookstores and online from May 7.

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and displayed in a digital exhibition before being shown in communities across the UK.

Kate said in the introduction that the portraits illustrate a collection of ‘gripping and personal stories’ from the past year.

The Duchess said, “ With Hold Still, I wanted to use the power of photography to make a lasting record of what we all went through – to capture the stories of individuals and capture important moments for families and communities during the pandemic. . ‘

She added: ‘For me, the power of the images is in the poignant and personal stories behind them.

‘I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to some photographers and sitters, to hear their stories firsthand – from moments of joy, love and community to deep sadness, pain, isolation and loss.

A common theme of those conversations was how lockdown reminded us of the importance of human connection and the tremendous value we place on the relationships we have with those around us.

“ Although we were physically separated, these images remind us that as families, communities and nation we need each other more than we ever realized. ”

Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, director of the NPG, said the images have created “a unifying and cathartic portrait of life in lockdown.”

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and displayed in a digital exhibition before being shown in communities across the UK

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and shown in a digital exhibition before being shown in communities in the UK

From over 31,000 images submitted, 100 portraits were selected and displayed in a digital exhibition before being shown in communities across the UK

Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, director of the NPG, said the images have created “a unifying and cathartic portrait of life in lockdown.”

He said: “The public response to Hold Still, led by our Patron, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, was phenomenal.

‘The photos submitted contributed to creating a unifying and cathartic portrait of life in lockdown.’

He added, “Hold Still is an important account of this extraordinary moment in our history – expressed through the faces of the nation – and we hope it will remain so for generations to come.”

Proceeds from the sale will help support mental health and arts projects in the UK, and will be shared between the mental health charity Mind and the gallery.

Mind CEO Paul Farmer thanked the Duchess for supporting the cause and those who submitted photos

Mind CEO Paul Farmer thanked the Duchess for supporting the cause and those who submitted photos

Mind CEO Paul Farmer thanked the Duchess for supporting the cause and those who submitted photos

Mind CEO Paul Farmer thanked the Duchess for supporting the charity and those who submitted photos.

He said: “The coronavirus pandemic is both a psychological and a physical emergency.

The devastating loss of life, the impact of lockdown and every recession ahead means that there has never been a critical time to prioritize our mental health.

‘This inspiring collection of portraits illustrates the impact of the pandemic in all its complexity, but also how creativity, art and human connection can help us find meaning in unprecedented challenges.’