Barry Falk

In response to the Covid-19 Pandemic I decided to try to capture some of the atmosphere of these strange times. My project was to photograph as many of my friends & neighbours as possible within walking distance of where I live. The response was overwhelmingly affirmative: people wanted to be a part of a collective project, to be noticed at this time of social distancing. The title Undiagnosed refers to the many who, at the time of the project, were without a diagnosis, not in quarantine, yet still socially distant and isolated by circumstances. More to the point, these were my friends and neighbours whose homes were now off limits, making the situation even more disconcerting. The familiar was now very unfamiliar, and unlike other types of ‘war’ the hunkering together had to be done apart. These portrait were taken between the period of the first Prime Minister’s ‘stay at home’ speech on 16th March 2020 and his second ‘stay at home go to work’ speech on 10th May 2020.

Artist biography

I am a UK based photographer exploring a range of issues related to the psychological sense of self. I have documented key Science research centres that are at the forefront of scientific research, asking the questions of what it means to be conscious, sentient and human. I have also focussed on Eastern Europe, to consider my own personal Jewish identity and explore how these places hold a collective sense of loss related to trauma & atrocity. I am a member of the MAP6 Collective, a group of 9 photographers who travel to a new destination every year, working together to form a collective, photographic impression of places & people.


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