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Eco Watch Photo September 17, 2020

Whirling Fire Storm Photo: The New Unfathomable

Fire photos this ominous come at a premium. But this photo from California captures the new otherworldly state of the climate crisis.

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Disaster Focus Photo September 16, 2020

Global Heating and Fire: California Jumps the Gap

It's not just a bad fire season. These photos both symbolize and demonstrate how California has crossed a critical climate threshold.

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Protest Focus Photo July 25, 2020

Portland Protests: Mary Poppins Has Had Enough

Until a few weeks ago, the demand for racial justice and an end to police violence was pretty straightforward. Clearly, things have gotten more complicated.

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Race Focus Photo July 20, 2020

Where John Lewis Meets the Present Moment

Crowley's photo honoring John Lewis elevates an important aspect of the movement. It highlights today's injustices as yet another opportunity to educate.

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Coronavirus Photo July 16, 2020

This Fauci Cover Is Not Cool. It’s Sad.

Poor Dr. Fauci has been reduced to defending his stature by playing the White House's game.

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Coronavirus Photo July 15, 2020

Death From Covid and the Western Gaze

This photo from Rio provides a view of poverty and the brutal outcome of the coronavirus that just isn't seen in America.

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Activism & Protest Photo June 29, 2020

Telling Image of Race at DC Emancipation Statue

It's an especially symbolic photo as America reckons with the legacy of Black slavery. Studying Evelyn Hockstein's photo, the question is where to begin?

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Activism & Protest Photo June 25, 2020

Refacing the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond

As it awaits its fate, the Robert E. Lee monument has become nothing short of an artistic magnet—literally a canvas to change.

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Coronavirus Photo May 29, 2020

The Intersection of Racial Violence and the Coronavirus

What the photo speaks to is two different viruses that attack the lungs and kill African Americans.

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Coronavirus Photo May 26, 2020

Here Are the Photos of People Suffering and Dying of Covid

Some doubt the lethality of the virus. Others question whether dire images, or enough impactful images exist. But the photos are there to see.

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Coronavirus Photo May 18, 2020

Stunning COVID Photo of Compassionate Nurse in Austin

At Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Austin, they have a policy that nobody dies alone. Our thoughts on the deeply moving photo of nurse Colby Hutson.

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Coronavirus Photo May 12, 2020

The Virus Has Not Been Kind To Our Elders

In photo after photo of the crisis, the aged have become the people trapped behind the glass.

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Coronavirus Photo May 8, 2020

Are We All in the Spinner?

This photo is part of a series about a Brooklyn family during the coronavirus lockdown. Whatever meaning is behind it, it's something we can all relate to.

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Coronavirus Photo May 2, 2020

In Lansing COVID Protest, Hate in the Smaller Details

I’ve seen this action in many news photos when police, especially riot cops, become violent with citizens, but never the other way around.

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Coronavirus Photo April 29, 2020

The Coronavirus in Retrospect

As COVID-19 becomes history, the stages of the pandemic look clear and predictable. This photograph by Chris McGrath reminds us they weren't and aren't.

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Activism & Protest Photo April 26, 2020

Hospital Workers Cannot Begin to Express Their Anger

Since the virus crisis started, I have seen countless photos of medical workers in ICU’s. I have also seen photos of them outside their hospitals advocating for vitally necessary equipment and protective gear. Sometimes they carry signs. Other times they stand as witnesses holding up pictures of colleagues who...

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Coronavirus Photo April 22, 2020

The Postal Service in the Days of the Virus

The photo reminds us that postal workers are also giving their all on the coronavirus front lines. But a closer look has darker implications for the USPS.

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Activism & Protest Photo April 21, 2020

Why Medical Workers Challenging Anti-Stay at Home Protesters Won the Internet

Why were these photos of Denver healthcare workers standing up to anti-stay-at-home protesters so popular? There's a "super" answer.

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