‘When the heart gets filtered up through the camera’: Vietnam War photographers on how to cover COVID better

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

“War is 95 percent boredom and 5 percent sheer terror, from a journalist’s point of view,” says David Hume Kennerly, who won a 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his feature photography of the Vietnam War. CJR sat down with Kennerly and three other esteemed photojournalists from that conflict, Art Greenspon, Robert Hodierne, and David Burnett, to ask what lessons we can take from Vietnam to cover today’s invisible killer and the absence of public suffering.

‘I felt like the pandemic was being censored.’ Photographing the fight for life – and grief of death – in COVID-19 Britain

This photojournalist documented two little-seen front lines in the UK's war against coronavirus. Her images reveal intensive care of every kind – amidst a...

I wasn’t allowed in until it was very quiet. Most of the wards had emptied out. And the irony was, every single hospital I went in to, from end of May, the first question the medical staff asked was ‘where were you at the height of the pandemic? Why weren’t you here mid-April?’ They wanted the press to cover what was going on and what they were going through, how inundated they were. But very few people were granted access.

AMERICA REIMAGINED - americanreportage

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

[BOYD, KY July 18, 2020] Boyd’s Station and American Reportage are proud to announce the launch of AMERICA REIMAGINED, a curation and archival project aimed at showcasing the work of emerging photojournalists and preserving the images and narratives that offer an intimate look at the ways Americans are grappling with, and adjusting to, this disruptive moment in history. AMERICA REIMAGINED documents how life reacts and evolves with each new challenge – from the COVID-19 pandemic which pushed the country into its homes and social distancing to the fight for social justice which reunited millions in protest and solidarity in streets across the country.

Chatting the Pictures: Trump Mt. Rushmore; Gun Waving St. Louis Couple; Racial Protest Self Portrait - Reading The Pictures

This webcast looks at the Trump Mt. Rushmore rally, the St. Louis couple that pointed weapons at demonstrators, and a racial justice self-portrait.

Welcome to the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. In each 10-minute webcast, co-hosts Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer and historian, Cara Finnegan, discuss three prominent photos in the news. The program is broken into three segments: “The News,” “The Look,” and “The Pick.” “The News” examines a hard news image for its content value. “The Look” focuses on a news photo for its artistry and style. And “The Pick” asks what made a high profile photo so unique to editors or the public.

A conflict photographer’s guide to shooting protests

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

Plan ahead, pack well, and check in with a buddy: Cengiz Yar shares the lessons he’s learned so far.

WATCH: Safety for Photojournalists Attending Protests - PhotoShelter Blog

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

Joined by NPPA’s Executive Director Akili Ramsess, Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation Harlo Holmes, and founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security Frank Smyth, our latest webinar featured a panel discussion all about protective measures photojournalists should take when photographing protests.

Mental health in lockdown: What now for… photojournalists?

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

Huck is exploring the impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on different communities – and on our mental health. In the latest instalment, photojournalist Daniella Zalcman investigates how exposure to trauma and risk is starting to take its toll.

Free Webinar: A Discussion About Safety for Photojournalists Attending Protests - PhotoShelter Blog

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

Tomorrow, we’re sitting down with Akili Ramsess, Harlo Holmes and Frank Smyth to discuss strategies journalists can use to stay safe while covering protests. PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi will be moderating.

Dorothea Lange and the Afterlife of Photographs

A new exhibition reveals how Lange's concern for the dispossessed has never been more relevant.

Confronting the economic crisis of the Great Depression, Lange produced some of the most influential photographs of the twentieth century. A new exhibition reveals how her concern for the dispossessed has never been more relevant.

In a pandemic, many photojournalists face an impossible choice: Stay safe or get out there to pay the bills? - Poynter

Many photojournalists are still on their own with procuring protective gear they need to keep safe. But the NPPA is helping. And so are some news outlets.

“Being a photojournalist right now, covering coronavirus is incredibly challenging,” Akili Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association, told me. “Right now, that’s our main topic of conversation and concern. How are we keeping safe? How can they do their jobs and stay safe?”

Context Matters When Viewing COVID-19 Photos - PhotoShelter Blog

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

Insofar as photojournalism is concerned, the best photos of the crisis avoid using photography as “facile ‘signifiers'” a term that Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography School, used in a recent CJR article. Ritchin bemoans the use of images of a discarded mask or the early use of Chinese people as symbols of the outbreak, rather than “coverage” that advances photography as a way to understand a story.

My job was to cover the coronavirus pandemic, until I became part of it

I know how to prepare for a disaster.My first job as a photojournalist was in Florida, where on top of weathering hurricanes, I covered them. When the

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.

Getting creative about funding and engaging audiences on under-reported stories.

Sean Gallagher, a British photographer who’s been based in China since 2006, has a policy that he works on one larger story every year…

“It’s difficult to say, ‘I want to change X number of minds on this issue or make a certain group of people think differently about an issue…I just think about making good work on issues that I’m interested in and then trying to get that work in publications that have a big audience. At the end of the day, if that’s happening, I have a small part in adding to the rising media dialogue about global environmental issues.”