Rankin photographs the NHS frontline

The series of powerful portraits, created using social-distancing measures, marks seventy-two years of the National Health Service.

Unveiled for the first time yesterday (29 June), Rankin has photographed twelve people playing a vital role in the NHS response to COVID-19. The series celebrates the NHS as it celebrates its seventy-second anniversary and will be displayed across the UK at bus stops and roadside billboards.

Those profiled 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.

Speaking of the project, Rankin said: “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. 

“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, the NHS Chief Executive added: “As we approach the NHS’s anniversary, these striking portraits pay tribute to all NHS staff and their extraordinary dedication.”

Check out the full series below. 

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