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[The Guardian] Prom portraits from the lost summer of 2020 – a photo essay
by The Guardian « on: November 11, 2020, 07:07:07 AM »




Prom portraits from the lost summer of 2020 – a photo essay

Photographer Alys Tomlinson spoke to school leavers about missed proms, lockdown and hopes for the future

Tomlinson’s work is on display at HackelBury Fine Art, London W8, from 12 November to 6 February. The Lost Summer book is available here

These portraits were taken in north London between June and August this year. With school proms cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alys Tomlinson photographed her subjects, aged between 15 and 19, in the outfits they would have worn to prom. Many of them had their final exams cancelled and had nothing to mark this significant step in growing up and leaving school. The portraits represent a loss and longing, but also celebrate each teenager as an individual, navigating this strange and challenging time.

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