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Stunning Photobook "Lockdown" wins Reader Views Grand Prize Bronze Award in Non-Fiction
Lockdown documents the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco using stunning pictures the author took on his phone.
By: Reader Views
Capturing the silence of one of the most famous cities in the world, Conor Mitchell's curated collection of photos illustrates the haunting realities of the first 100 days of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also captures the city springing to life with protestors and civil unrest fueled by the death of George Floyd. Mitchell hopes Conor hopes his photos will be a positive force for change.
Paige Lovitt with Reader Views holds a personal connection to the city, noting, "San Francisco is a vibrant city. The colors are usually so vivid, from the vibrant blue skies to the deep verdant grass. The streets teem with lively characters as well. This is a city where I have experienced many beautiful memories. I never thought those same streets would one day be empty. Witnessing the lockdown presented in black and white photos made the whole event seem even more austere and poignant. Conor Mitchell did an amazing job of creating a visual representation of the lockdown in San Francisco."
Lockdown (ISBN 9781977241160, Outskirts Press, 2021) is available at online bookstores.
About the Author
Conor Mitchell, a photographer and videographer, lives in downtown San Francisco. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he found himself alone in the city he had called home for just 18 months. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in his book, Lockdown, to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like. Learn more at https://lockdownsf.squarespace.com/
The Reader Views Literary Awards program helps level the playing field for self-published authors, allowing readers to recognize the most creative and exciting new books in the industry. The program is recognized industry-wide as one of the most respected literary awards programs for independent authors. Top honors include cash prizes totaling $2,500.