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Orange book cover of Günter Valda, Don't Let Me Down, featuring a blue hospital scrub top with stains. Published by Verlag Kettler.

Günter Valda

Don't Let Me Down

By (author) Günter Valda


  • A photographic tribute to those on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic
  • A compelling testimony to the remarkable commitment of health-care professionals
Full Description

For nearly two years, hospital staff and nurses have been working at the limit of their capacity on hermetically sealed COVID wards. Struggling with worsening physical and mental health, having to wear protective equipment for hours on end and being constantly worried about contracting the virus and passing it on to family members, they have endured ordeals that are hard for outsiders to appreciate.

With his new project, the photographer Günter Valda – himself working as a hospital nurse – aims to give frontline healthcare workers a voice and put a face to their experience. He asked hospital staff to send him self-portraits from work and to jot down their thoughts and feelings. The result is a collection of snapshots showing faces that are marked by the dramatic scenes that unfold before them every day, with furrows, dents, and red lines caused by tightly fitting masks and protective gear. Who are the people behind these masks? What keeps them motivated? What are their thoughts? Valda’s book is a deeply emotional testimony to our time. With its powerful images, it stands in solidarity with those on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic.

Text in English and German.

Verlag Kettler
4th Oct 2023
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
6.3 in x 9.06 in
112 Pages
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