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Coronavirus Photo March 31, 2020

The Elbow Move

There will be plenty of memories from the coronavirus crisis. But our bodies, if pray we stay well, will best remember the basic contortions.

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Coronavirus Photo March 30, 2020

About Feeling Crazy Right Now

The photo isn't about eccentricity, it's about mental health. And it's about the symptoms we are all experiencing from the virus these days.

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Coronavirus Photo March 26, 2020

What Should and Shouldn’t We Be Seeing?

This virus photo from a Belgium hospital has a "sensitive material" warning. But perhaps it's necessary to see--and not just for the obvious reason.

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Coronavirus Photo March 25, 2020

Virus Meets Cat Gramming

As the coronavirus grips Washington and the nation, this cat photo by Alex Wroblewski is not just sweet. It offers a dose of emotional immunity.

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Coronavirus Photo March 22, 2020

Drive-Up Confession and other Pandemic Improvisations

The drive-up church confession is just one of the creative adaptions being made on the fly as the coronovirus upsets the familiar rituals of life.

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Coronavirus Photo March 20, 2020

The Coronoavirus and the World Atilt

Suddenly, the media is filled with images that situate the coronavirus into the most well-known backgrounds. This example from Pisa is striking.⠀

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Coronavirus Photo March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Looking at the Next Wave

What informs this photo and the fear it stirs is the knowledge that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. is not quite as far along as it is elsewhere.

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Coronavirus Photo March 16, 2020

White House Flickr Exposes Trump’s Oval Office Coronavirus Speech

While the crisis calls for selflessness, what the photos reveal is an obsession with the camera, and Trump acting the role of first responder.

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Disaster Focus Photo March 15, 2020

As the Coronavirus Shutters Broadway

Photographers are using their symbolic gifts to process the loss of normality from the coronavirus. Here, the focus is on Broadway.

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Coronavirus Photo March 10, 2020

Drawing on Contagion

This drawing by a young girl in Italy is a poignant illustration of the threat of coronavirus, and also the health of the planet. ⠀

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Immigration/Migration Photo February 26, 2020

Saguaros and the Steely Monolith

It's a view you can instantly fall in love with–those saguaros, or giant cactus, sharing a "hug." That is, until you recognize the border wall.

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Coronavirus Photo February 25, 2020

Tokyo 2020, Or Not

In terms of what photographs do, this split view of tourists above and the stadium below projects us five months into the Olympic future.

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Culture Focus Photo February 16, 2020

Camouflage is a Common Marvel

Camouflage is a common marvel in the biological world. Whether the dress here is purposeful or not is a different question.

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Coronavirus Photo February 3, 2020

Wedding Humor in the Age of Apocalypse

I noticed this picture from South Korea has been making the rounds again. It was taken as a (not-such-a-) joke photo at a wedding in Seoul in June 2015. At the time, the catalyst for the photo was the outbreak of the deadly MERS virus. Today, it strikes a...

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illustration Photo January 23, 2020

Impeachment Trial Media Blackout

Not only is the media resorting to illustrators to capture the proceedings of the presidential impeachment trial, the view of the audience is also limiting.

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Eco Watch Photo January 22, 2020

The Trump – Greta Thunberg Photo Crossings

Once again, young Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump find their way into the same international meeting photo. As the climate degenerates, we can expect more.

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Video January 13, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: Australia on Fire; Suleimani Assassination; Church Full of Guns

This week, we look at key photos from the Australian fires, America's assassination of Iran's military chief, and a photo-illustration of guns in church.

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Photo January 8, 2020

Mitch Epstein’s Pipeline Activist

Epstein's photo of Pennsylvania's Ashton Clatterbuck captures the urgency of the climate crisis, and it's appropriately fitting.

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