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There have been horrific losses during these corona virus days – loss of lives, loss of jobs, loss of control over the future, loss of control over tomorrow.

But there is another, almost unspoken loss that’s also taking its toll on each of us, all around the world. It’s the loss of touch, that almost unthinking moment when you reach out in greeting with a handshake or a kiss; put an encouraging hand on a  friend’s shoulder; open your arms to embrace another in love or in tears. All the many ways we claimed our humanity, countless times a day, before the pandemic.

The Memory of Touch comes from the archives of the photographers of VII. Each photographer has selected a photo that is about touch as remembered in our pre-corona days —  love, grief, war, play, work, wonder, friendship, joy.