ON PAUSE: Three months that changed New York.
Stay at home.
Don’t see anyone.
Only leave the house if you really have to.
Covid-19 hit New York with incredible force and closed the city down. In March 2020 Governor Cuomo declared that “NYC is on pause.” Soon the city’s deserted avenues, bridges and train stations became a global symbol of the ravages of the pandemic and our attempts to escape it.
Charlie Bennet’s photographs are a chronicle of a unique time in the city that never sleeps. The pictures show beautiful, serene, quiet spaces. A pause, an emptiness, that we don’t want to relive but perhaps not forget either.
Let your eyes rest on one of the photos and you might hear a faint buzz of voices. Voices of all those who, had things been normal, might have ended up in the frame but are now continuing their lives elsewhere. ON PAUSE collects experiences from New Yorkers who were here during the three months when everything changed. The book also takes a look at objects, debates, culture, food habits and social movements that defined the period.
ON PAUSE is based on Charlie Bennet's photographs taken during the NYC lockdown in the spring of 2020. The book is made in collaboration with writer Helena Gustavsson and art director Jon Palmqvist.
The ON PAUSE: Three months that changed New York book is under production and will start shipping in the beginning of Q2.