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Photobooks for the NHS

POSTED: 20 April 2020

Using art and photography to help support NHS staff

Books from Autograph's collection

Earlier this month, Autograph donated 200 of our photography books to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital to help support staff well-being.

The books have been distributed to break stations at the Hospital, which care for frontline staff physically and emotionally, as they take a well-deserved rest from fighting Covid-19.

The Arts Manager at the Hospital, Liz O’Sullivan (an old friend of Autograph), reached out to ask us if we could help to provide staff with something beautiful to look at during these breaks.

We’ve been publishing photography books for more than 30 years, so we sent a care package featuring the best of our back catalogue, including John Goto: Lovers’ Rock, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, our Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama newspaper, Ingrid Pollard’s Postcards Home, Franklyn Rodgers: The Philosophy of Strangers, James Barnor’s Ever Young, Donald Rodney’s Doublethink and A Camel For The Son by Fazal Sheikh.

As Liz says, the message to staff is: “These gifts are for you to take a well-deserved break at work. Stop and have a read. The subject material is meaningful. The images are breath-taking.”

Autograph has been exploring the theme of care in a whole range of settings and with different groups of people through our gallery and publishing programmes, as well as workshops and events, for some time; so this was a call to action that we were delighted to respond to.

We’re grateful we could help, and in the way we know best - with art and photography. It’s the least we can do to thank NHS staff for their selfless service. #ThankYouNHS #KeepUsAllGoing

Please consider supporting Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital during these extraordinary times. Find out how you can help and make a donation here. For gifts in kind, contact enquiries.covid-19@supportgst.org.uk.

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