Photographs of people in 45 doorways on two Hackney streets and on the nearby estate holding objects that have sustained them during lockdown – from guinea pigs to gardening tools, dumbbells to dart boards and accordions to anaesthetic toothpaste. Vibrant colour images are accompanied by testimonies from families with children juggling work and home-schooling; newly formed couples; young people in shared households and pensioners on their own including one who has lived in her home for 89 years. Residents, old and new, share their fears, joys, relationships with each other and their neighbours during this time, how the government has handled the crisis and their hopes for the future.
Photographs by Eithne Nightingale and design by Claudia Costa.
The book is marvellous. I’ve read it cover to cover and Paul is reading it now. We both think it is a beautiful idea (Alison and Paul Holberton of Paul Holberton Publishing).
Not only is it a beautiful-looking book, the sense of a cosmopolitan community at peace with itself is marvellous. A book unlikely ever to appear in suburbia. Wonderful (Hugh Sockett, father of resident).
These family portraits with objects encapsulates so much of what has been explored on V&A’s Pandemic Objects, and it’s so nice to see it visualized in this direct and personal way (Brendan Cormier, Senior Curator, V&A).
The testimony and photographs of people on their doorsteps, holding objects that helped to sustain them, provide a vivid record of life under lockdown in East London (Professor Alison Blunt, co-author of Home).
Profits towards Hackney Giving and Hackney Migrant Centre.