The Duchess of Cambridge’s book, “Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020,” is filled with portraits taken over a six-week period between May and June of last year.
The project, a collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London, began almost a year ago. People of all ages were invited to submit entries focused on three main themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness, according to the NPG.
Out of over 1000 submissions from people aged 4 to 75, 100 portraits were ultimately chosen to be featured in a community exhibit, shown in cities across the UK in October and November 2020. The exhibit featured the portraits over 400 outdoor posters adorning bus stops, telephone booths, etc.
The coffee table version of the exhibit, which includes the top 100 images as well as a new image of Kate taken by photographer Matt Porteous, will be available on May 7. The Duchess wrote the foreword to the book, in which she explains what inspired her to join the NPG in the creation of the work.
“As we look back on the COVID-19 pandemic in the decades to come, we will think of the challenges we have all faced – the loved ones we have lost, the prolonged isolation from our families and friends and the strain on us. our main workers ”. she wrote, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
She added: “But we will also remember the bright spots: the incredible acts of kindness, the helpers and heroes who have emerged from all walks of life, and how together we have adjusted to a new standard.
Harper’s Bazaar noted that half of the proceeds from the book will go to the National Portrait Gallery, and the remaining 50% will help support mental health charity Mind.