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Living through the Covid Pandemic is the biggest challenge faced by the people of St Albans for over seventy years. Since October 2020 photographer Nic Madge has been recording the way in which we are surviving the Pandemic by making portraits of people as they go about their daily lives.

Each photograph shows an individual with and without their facemask with a quote underneath about how the Pandemic has affected them capturing a snapshot of St Albans under lockdown. Nic Madge plans to keep taking photographs for a full year to the end of September 2021. The full collection of images will then be added to St Albans Museums' collection.

All the portraits will be displayed as a short film in the Timeline Gallery of St Albans Museum + Gallery when we reopen. This will be updated regularly as more photographs are taken and all the images are also viewable on Nic Madge's website.

Exact opening date to be confirmed depending on government guidelines.

Phil was a Plasterer. My brother doesn't believe covid is real and refuses to wear a mask, but I worry about my parents. If I get it, I wouldn't want to pass it on to anyone else.

Take part in Pandemic Portraits

Weather permitting, Nic Madge will be standing outside the St Albans Museum + Gallery in Market Place a couple of days a week. If you are part of a group who are keen to be photographed you can also email nicmadge@ntlworld.com to arrange a mutually convenient time and place.

Nic is very conscious of Covid-safety issues and will ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times as well as providing hand-sanitiser. All photographs will be taken in the open air.

As a nurse I see both younger and older paitients struggling with covid. It is more difficult to care for them because it is a new disease and really sad to see how fast they deteriorate

About the artist

Nic Madge is a photographer who lives in St Albans. He has recently completed an M.A. in Documentary Photography and Photo-journalism at the University of the Arts, London. Previously, he has published photo-books and had solo exhibitions of portraits/street photography at the British Museum and the Swiss Cottage Gallery, as well as several joint exhibitions.

Visit Nic Madge's website
Diptych showing a woman with and without her facemask with the text "Mother Earth is kicking back through climate change. We must innovate to change. I feel for our local independent businesses and their struggle to survive. I've lost my events business and social life but I am better off than some.
Steve (unemployed) The pandemic is unbelievable. Although it has restricted me going out it hasn;t really affected me at the minute

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