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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 Andrew Cuomo declared that “New York City 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.


In the new stunning coffee table book, ON PAUSE, New York-based photographer Charlie Bennet chronicles 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 instead had to continue their lives elsewhere. ON PAUSE collects experiences from New Yorkers who were in the city during the three months when everything changed, looks back at how the city was impacted by Covid-19, and reflects on scientific challenges, pandemic art, and burning social issues.


ON PAUSE is based on Charlie Bennet's photographs taken during the New York City lockdown in the spring of 2020, and created in collaboration with writer Helena Gustavsson and art director Jon Palmqvist. Published by Winifred Publishing.


Available at most online stores, in selected bookstores and here!

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©2020 by ON PAUSE.

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