London in Lockdown by Various photographers
Written by Jilke Golbach
Published 2 September 2021 by Hoxton Mini Press, in collaboration with the Museum of London
24 photographers capture a city gripped by Covid, from empty streets to stories of community and connection.
‘The pandemic offered us a different window from which to look out onto the world; one in which time temporarily congealed and an awareness of our fragility and mortality generated a new consciousness of being.’ – Jilke Golbach, from the Introduction
2020 brought a seismic break with normality. For those living in urban centres, lockdown made us wonder if city life as we knew it was gone forever. The images in this book express the anxiety, the love, the boredom, the intimacy, the grief, the tranquillity and the renewed appreciation of nature that isolation brought. Uncanny but often uplifting, they show London at a defining moment in its history – telling a story that will resonate far beyond the pandemic.