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Old 09-14-2020, 01:39 AM
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The Queen has released a message of support for, The Duchess of Cambridge, and her Hold Still photographic exhibition

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Old 09-14-2020, 04:39 AM
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Link to Hold Still Digital Exhibition:

(If you go through individual photo, you'll find short story behind each of them.)

Few glimpses from Vogue:
Prepare To Ugly Cry At The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Virtual ‘Hold Still’ Exhibition

After months of anticipation (and 31,000 submissions from the British public), the Duchess of Cambridge’s final selection of images for Hold Still is available to view on the National Portrait Gallery’s website. Designed to “capture and document the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation” during lockdown, the project brings together 100 moving amateur shots of everything from at-home haircuts to make-shift classrooms; exhausted NHS staffers on duty to dedicated postmen in superhero costumes; pensioners FaceTiming with their grandchildren to mothers cradling their newborn babies. Good luck making it past the first portrait without shedding a few tears.
Review in Telegraph:
Hold Still, National Portrait Gallery: heart-wrenching accounts of ordinary lives in the time of Covid
This new photographic exhibition - conceived by the Duchess of Cambridge - bring back very raw memories of a difficult six months
By Alastair Sooke, CHIEF ART CRITIC
14 September 2020 • 12:01am

Brace yourself. Grab some tissues. Because today the National Portrait Gallery launches Hold Still, an online exhibition featuring 100 photographs taken by ordinary people during lockdown.


While works by professional photographers did make the final cut (frankly, they stand out), this isn’t a conventional fine-art exhibition. Indeed, dozens of images are – in a technical sense – weak or flawed. Few, though, are forgettable. The judges weren’t bothered about aesthetic issues such as composition or lighting. Instead, they wanted emotion – often heart-wrenching, sometimes uplifting – and a sense of real lives being experienced by real people.


Is there a single image that sums up Britain’s lockdown in the way that, say, documentary photographs by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange captured the Great Depression? I’m not sure there is – in part, because lockdown, initially understood as a great leveller, turned out to affect people in profoundly different, and unequal, ways. Consider the myriad characters we encounter in Hold Still. A bright-eyed girl claps enthusiastically on a Thursday night. An exhausted nightshift worker in Wales seems on the brink of collapse. What do they have in common with the 17-year-old twins afflicted with ennui, trapped behind a window’s mottled glass?

That said, there is one image I can’t shake which hints at universality: Hayley Evans's Forever Holding Hands shows a close-up of the interlaced hands of an elderly couple, married for more than seven decades, clutching each other tight from adjoining hospital beds. Here is devotion – and solace: after contracting the virus, they died five days apart. It’s a simple thing, touch – but a primal one, too, denied in recent months. “What will survive of us is love,” wrote Larkin, at the end of “An Arundel Tomb”. I so hope he’s right.

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Old 09-14-2020, 07:02 AM
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I am crying reading about it, I don't know if I could cope with looking at it.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:22 AM
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What a historic project! I cried so much looking at pictures and reading such inspiring stories!!

Great work Duchess of Cambridge! This is truly a remarkable idea!
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:53 AM
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There's a saying I like that goes "In order to see a rainbow, you have to stand a little rain". To me, this exhibit marks for posterity the rainbows that people found during this Covid-19 pandemic. Behind each photo was an example of love for one another and the power of love to help coping when the world has turned upside down.

Brilliantly done!
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~
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Old 09-14-2020, 02:38 PM
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Great pictures, albeit sad times; they all have a story to tell.
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Old 09-14-2020, 03:46 PM
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It's a moving, poignant and incredibly important exhibition. Well done to everyone.
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nothing wrong with choosing this photo as a tribute to BLM movement. Predictably, comment section of a certain tabloide is dragging her for that.
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Old 09-15-2020, 01:29 PM
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It's a great collection of photographs covering a wide range of the public, which is important historically and artistically. I think the support from the Queen is significant for the project and also for Catherine herself.
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Old 09-15-2020, 07:48 PM
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nothing wrong with choosing this photo as a tribute to BLM movement. Predictably, comment section of a certain tabloide is dragging her for that.
And it's only one photo (or possibly 2) out of 100 and these photos were chosen by other panellists as well.

The Duchess of Cambridge is not actively promoting or directly speaking in support of BLM movement.

There are two photos of couples celebrating V.E. or V.J. day outside their homes with flags of Union Jack.

P.s. This is coming from someone with right-leaning views
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:36 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge shares stories behind Hold Still portraits
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:04 AM
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The Duchess of Cambridge met families in Battersea Parkto hear about the help they have received from parental support groups, such as Home-Start, NCT and MUSH:

** video 1 ** video 2 ** video 3 ** rex gallery ** gettyimages gallery **

** dm article: Dressed down Duchess! Casual Kate Middleton re-wears pink M&S trousers and white trainers as she visits Battersea Park..**

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