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Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020

This new book presents a unique portrait of the UK during the 2020 lockdown, through 100 community photographs.

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Icons and Identities: Famous Faces from the Collection

Icons and Identities explores the portrayal of people as a human preoccupation from prehistoric art to digital media.

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Love Stories: Art, Passion & Tragedy Hardcover

Featuring passion and romance, scandal and tragedy, commitment and heartbreak, this book explores the most powerful love stories in history.

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