Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 3 April 2020

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(C) Yi Xin EPA-EFE – Workers in Hubei China sit 1.5m apart to eat lunch as COVID-19 restrictions ease after two months. 23 March 2020

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – as the world grapples with a pandemic of historical proportions, photographers are playing a vital role in documenting this unprecedented moment. The photograph above by Yi Xin tells of a strange new world. So too, do the pictures by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir, who on his farewell walk around New York, a city he called home for 11 years, captured the eerie absence of life in the city that never sleeps. And the portraits by Italian photojournalist Alberto Giuliani from Pesaro in Italy remind us that those at the frontline are people too.

The Last Walks – Natan Dvir

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Time Square (C) Natan Dvir Polaris Images
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9-11 memorial north pool (C) Natan Dvir Polaris Images
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The Oculus (C) Natan Dvir Polaris Images
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Grand Central Station (C) Natan Dvir Polaris Images
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Vanderbilt Avenue Grand Central Station (C) Natan Dvir Polaris Images

New York never looks like this, even in the wee hours of the morning. Shot on an iPhone, these pictures tell a sombre story. To quote Natan: “It pains me to see New York so exposed and suffering. This difficult, complex, and challenging struggle has intensified recently and will continue in the near future. I have seen this amazing city overcome major disasters in the past, and I hope it will once again showcase its power and strength. Farewell my dear New York. I hope to see you again soon.”

The Heroes – Italy’s Healthcare Workers on the Frontline of the COVID-19 Battle

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In this week’s The Atlantic, a story touched me deeply: ‘The Visible Exhaustion of Doctors and Nurses Fighting the Coronavirus: Documenting the marks the pandemic is leaving on medical professionals in Italy,” by Amy Weiss-Meyer with portraits by Italian photojournalist Alberto Giuliani.

I have family in northern Italy, and thankfully they are alright at the moment, yet one cannot help but worry for their safety. This story celebrates the frontline workers, but also shows us how incredibly tough it is for those working to save the lives of people in their communities, fighting against an invisible and mighty foe.

These photographs by Italian photojournalist Alberto Giuliani from Pesaro in Italy show the sheer exhaustion these frontline nurses and doctors are experiencing. Let’s remember that those who take care of us when we are sick have families who love them too. Everyday they are putting their lives on the line so that we can go back to the arms of those we love. Respect and gratitude doesn’t seem to cut it. With deep humility and thanks I share this story, for without these dedicated and selfless healthcare workers, the world would be screwed.

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