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Caught on film: NHS life during the pandemic

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 19 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1224

Selfless, an exhibition of the work of photographer Jessica van der Weert that captures the working lives of NHS staff during the covid pandemic, has opened in Liverpool.

The images—of staff across the health service in Northumberland and in Brent, London—offer a stark landscape of the UK at the height of the covid-19 crisis.

“I wanted to capture the enormous scale of loss, tragedy, and grief,” said van der Weert. “It’s a vital moment in history that has to be captured, to ensure that future generations will remember, and that those who perished would never be forgotten.”


  • The exhibition, which is supported by the Royal College of Physicians and the Jerwood Foundation, is open to the public until 19 June at the RCP, Paddington Village, Liverpool, and then from 1 July at RCP, Regent’s Park, London

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