During the height of the UK’s pandemic the London Borough of Newham had the highest per capita death rate in the UK(1).
EXPOSURE is a series of contemporary film portraits of health professionals who are or were working in and around Newham University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shot in a DIY and conversational format in my studio over the summer of 2020, the portraits expose the complexity of the workers experiences, both the challenging and beautiful. The films focus on how humans cope during an extraordinary moment and how this compares to the official narrative we see in the media. Their stories reveal their moral struggles, resulting mental health challenges and frustrations, but they also speak of their resilience in team work and peer support, and the hope that health inequalities can finally be addressed.
All the 45 portrait interviews will be archived in Wellcome Collection as a document of Covid – 19 in the UK.
The project will be presented in Newham and Royal Docks in Autumn 2021.