Photojournalism students chart lockdown life in new book

Photojournalism students at USW have produced a photobook charting their lockdown. Their iamges show the impact of the crisis on family life, journeys and everyday living.

Senior lecturer Becky Matthews said “As their lecturer, I am extremely proud of our students. When the country went into lockdown the majority of our students were mid way through long form projects and the ability to complete their work came to an abrupt end.”

“This was a huge worry, especially for our final year students – but their resilience and ability to refocus was amazing, they have stepped up to the challenge and made the crisis the focus of much of their work.”

Image by Karolina Krohl
My father reading Quran during the month of Ramadan. Image by Hashim Al-Hashmi

“This book is a collection of the work from projects created during the first lockdown. In very difficult circumstances our students have excelled our expectations with their professionalism and enthusiasm to create this record.”

Third-year student Matthew Lofthouse, whose work appears in the book, said: “On the BA course in Photojournalism at USW we’re a really eclectic mix of photographers.

“When the lockdown hit we all took on the same subject documenting self-isolation. Now 850 images later and we’ve got a photobook out of it. I think it’s quality and it’s great to see everyone cover the same subject.”

Students continue to work documenting the lockdown. The book created by the student called In It Together is available to view here: https://issuu.com/photoj_usw/docs/lockdown_book_for_issuu

Images above by Morgan Bishop, Lowri Harris, Kira Butters, Jai Ashton, Alfie Reddy, Ben Rice and Melisa Numan.

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