Royal BC Museum publishes photo album documenting how people across B.C. endured first year of pandemic


The pandemic in pictures: Royal BC Museum is publishing a new photo book showing how people across the province endured the first year of COVID-19.

Artist Adad Hannah took hundreds of pictures and videos on his phone for the first year of the pandemic. He documented everything from people banging pots and pans to socially distanced graduation ceremonies.  

The museum initially acquired Hannah’s collection to create an in-person exhibit at the museum. The “Between Us: Social Distancing Portraits” exhibit has wrapped, but a book by the same name will be released May 5.

The book will contain a multimedia portal — a QR Code will direct readers online to experience videos and accompanying music soundtracks.

“The photos really map the uncertainties of that first year,” said India Young, the museum’s curator of Art and Images.

“What is actually beautiful about the book is the hope and the joy that people found with their families and the simple things that we all really learn to appreciate.”

The Royal BC Museum has the longest publishing program in British Columbia.


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