It’s official, we have created our first book!
This book features the photography and words of 49 photographers from across the world who were inspired – all in very different ways – by the Covid pandemic. It is a look at the myriad ways that the Pandemic has affected photographers from all around the world and from all different backgrounds. The connecting factor being a love of analogue photography.
Early on in lockdown we were bombarded with mixed and often toxic messages “it’s okay to not be okay”, “if you don’t come out of lockdown with a new skill then you didn’t lack time, you lacked motivation”, “relax, take some time out and just be” and other such confusing and shallow slogans. Almost 9 months in, I knew my own experience of photography in lockdown – how I had returned to photography in an attempt to remind myself of who I was after an awful battle with depression. How I was amazed at the community I had managed to build around me from the hobby I had let fall away for so many years. How that spark of passion and creativity had flared up inside me.
But of course, my experience is not THE experience, and I wondered how this time had affected others. Have they spent endless days honing their craft? Have they found inspiration within the same four walls they’ve looked at every single day? Have projects been halted or even started as a result of social distancing? Are people expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings around the virus and the politics through their art? Or can they not even bear to look at their cameras at the moment?
Of course it’s all of these and even more and this is why I wanted to make this book.
I wanted this to be a broad and diverse range of stories and so I purposefully sought out people I had never interacted with alongside those with whom I already had connections. I wanted to ensure that we were mixing together those of different ethnicities, genders, sexualities and religions as well as mixing professional and enthusiast photographers. I really feel that this is something that has been achieved in this book and I am just so proud and so honoured to have met and worked with each and everyone of the contributors.
In December 2020 I approached Hamish about the idea of doing some Zine’s to complement the website. The early idea for Photography through the Pandemic was to be a small Zine with a handful of contributors because I honestly didn’t think I’d have many volunteers! Over the Christmas and New Year period I began to reach out to people who had written for 35mmc and, in some way or another, had mentioned the pandemic in their articles. This led to chatting with Markus Hofstatter and him suggesting that we get the artists featured in the United Art Gallery involved and from there it really went wild. We quickly realised that this would be an incredibly large Zine and so, we changed to the idea of a book.
To be honest with you, what photographer doesn’t dream of creating a book? Okay it might not be my own photographs in print but the emotion is the same – my heart flutters like a teenager with a crush at the thought of a physical book in my hands and on the shelves of others, with my name in it!
We’re now about to enter the publicising and launch phase and I’m clearly going to be learning a whole lot more over the next few months as we attempt to make this book a printed reality. We’ll be launching a Kickstarter campaign to cover the cost of publishing the book and will be publishing it ourselves. With, of course, help from the community.
Photography Through the Pandemic is over 200 pages, featuring the photography and words of 49 photographers (see below) from across the world who were inspired – all in very different ways – by the Covid pandemic. It is going to be produced on high-quality paper in hardback. You can find out a little bit more about the book here.
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Photography through the Pandemic features the work and words of:
Lisandro Capetillo Ortiz
Bastian Roman Peter
Gregory E. Roth
Sarah Stellino (Epstein)