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This photo series depicts how I have seen this pandemic situation in Amsterdam. The lockdown revealed human’s vulnerability and how people are important and valuable compared to the economy. The main role of a nation stood out during this first lockdown, which is to protect people. The pandemic has lasted for more than a year now, but we can see inhabitants of our city trying to have good times despite the virus. Hope and joy still liven up our environment.

“How much is a human life worth? That is the real discussion that no one is admitting, openly or freely—that we should.” (…) “To me, I say the cost of a human life, a human life is priceless. Period.” New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a briefing on May 5th, 2020.

Marina Chef (1988, France) is a professional photographer who works and lives in Amsterdam. She focused on documentary and portrait photography. She is interested in taking pictures in the moment, observing what is happening around her, how people give a certain energy to a place at a given time. Being mainly inspired by what surrounds her, she also likes to bring her everyday life inspirations to the studio, creating singular atmospheres using accessories and artificial lights.

Marina Chef

by Marina Chef


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