'Born Two Days Before Lockdown' - A woman holding a newborn baby in the doorway of a house in Leeds

5 May 2020
Photograph (Digital)
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The Picturing Lockdown Collection was created during April and May 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During seven days the public were asked to submit photographs that they felt best represented their experiences of lockdown in England, and from these submissions one hundred representing all the different geographic regions were chosen to be archived with Historic England. Alongside these images, ten artists were commissioned to produce their own images over the course of five days, representing their lockdown experience. These were supplemented with images by Historic England’s own photographers. Together, the Picturing Lockdown collection forms a permanent visual record of this unusual time in history.

This photograph, taken at 16.51 on 5th May 2020, is the fifth of five images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Coralie Datta, and represents the Yorkshire region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "Emily gave birth to her first child, Isaac, two days before the lock down so he has not yet met anyone except the midwives and his parents."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/04 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Coralie Datta; within the Sub Series: HEC01/036/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Artists' Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Coralie Datta

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Photographer: Datta, Coralie


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