On February 29, Washington State health officials announced what they believed to be the first death due to the novel coronavirus in the United States. By March 31, the official national death toll stood at 3,173. It was a larger number, news outlets n
As communities and individuals, we are enduring the initial phase of the COVID-19 infection and the horror of the loss of over 140,000 lives, only to also be launched into a period of political unrest and turmoil sparked by multiple deaths of unarmed blac
Photographer Cengiz Yar has spent years working on stories around situations of unrest and conflict; from the wars in Iraq and Syria to protests in Thailand and Ferguson, MO. As the Black Lives Matter movement spreads around the world, photographers have
Since May 26th, there have been 291 recorded incidents of police attacks on journalists covering the George Floyd protests around the country. That amounts to a staggering average of 19.4 events per day. We have seen journalists wrongfully arrested, shot
Kiana Hayeri’s professional routine has always been stressful. The Iranian-Canadian photojournalist has been working for the past six years in Kabul, Afghanistan, where security protocol is rigorous. Every job requires calculated risk. Now, with the added
Freedom of the press is a foundational value of the United States’ democracy, enshrined in the First Amendment along with the right to assemble peaceably. In recent days we have seen journalists wrongfully arrested, shot with rubber bullets and pepper spr
Special Correspondent for Getty Images John Moore was one of the first photographers to cover the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. “I learned a skill set that I never expected to use in my hometown,” he says, as he reflects on the process of covering the c
Since mid-March, various policies have been implemented at the state and federal level in the U.S. to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Photojournalists initially covered long lines at big box stores then vanishin
My first job as a photojournalist was in Florida, where on top of weathering hurricanes, I covered them. When the coronavirus began to get close to the United States, I thought I was ready. I had food, medicine and first-aid kits to get me through.
But nothing could have prepared me for the pandemic we’re now experiencing, including my own positive COVID-19 test.