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Photojournalism students chart lockdown life in new book

Photojournalism students have produced a book charting coronavirus lockdown life in pictures.

Students at the University of South Wales began documenting their “self-isolation journey” for a project after all face-to-face teaching and assessments were suspended due to the pandemic.

Their photos show the impact of the crisis on family life, journeys and everyday living.

The resulting book is available to view here.

USW book

USW senior lecturer Becky Matthews told HTFP: “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.

“Original projects were re-edited into magazine or digital articles for submission and in addition, each student created a book of new work documenting self-isolation.

“This book is a collection of the work from each of those projects. 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.”

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