World-renowned British photographer Rankin has captured the portraits of 12 NHS workers in a special project to celebrate the NHS’s upcoming 72nd anniversary on 5 July. But the photos also serve as a mark of respect and thanks to the doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who have responded heroically to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rankin, who has previously shot the likes of the Rolling Stones, Kate Moss and the Queen, has captured 12 brilliantly powerful images of people who have all played a vital role in the NHS response to the pandemic. They include an ICU consultant, a COVID-19 critical care nurse, a midwife, a psychiatrist, a hospital porter, a COVID-19 ward cleaner, a paramedic, a GP, a pharmacist, a district nurse, a 111 call centre worker and a Chief Information Officer.
From today, the striking series of pictures will be showcased around the country on bus stops and roadside billboards, as well as at iconic pedestrian areas such as the world-famous Piccadilly Lights in central London.
‘As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, I was moved by the incredible efforts of people across the NHS and I wanted to document who they are and their role in fighting this disease,’ explained Rankin.
‘Taking a portrait is a unique and intimate experience, even with social distancing in place. Everyone had their own inspiring story which to them was just doing their job. I hope these images portray the resilience and courage they show every day in the face of real adversity.’
Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive, said: ‘This has been the most challenging year in the NHS’s history, with our amazing staff providing care to almost 100,000 hospitalised Covid patients, and many more in the community.
‘Nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists, cleaners and countless others have pulled together, bolstered by thousands of former NHS staff who came back to help, alongside a new generation of students who stepped up. As we approach the NHS’s anniversary, these striking portraits pay tribute to all NHS staff and their extraordinary dedication.
‘On July 5th we also want to say thank you to those from all walks of life who have played their part in helping the NHS and our communities deal with this unprecedented health emergency.’
Head to the NHS website to view the full series and read the stories behind each image.