COVID PROJECT

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY: HOLD STILL

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My 86-year-old grandad is a survivor of the Hungarian Uprising and took asylum in the UK in 1956. Even though he's lived here for all these years, English is not his first language, and the information in the media about Coronavirus does not always translate easily. It is up to us, his family, to turn this news into advice he can understand. It is us he relies on for information on keeping safe and we value this sense of responsibility to care for him. We are the ones who explain that we can’t hug him and that he has to wear a mask, and he can't have his hair cut. In us, he trusts.

- Nina Robinson

I took the photographs in this Covid project during the first lockdown in 2020, and this portrait of my Grandad was chosen to be one of 100 images in the National Portrait Gallery's Hold Still permanent exhibition.

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