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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes Photo April 20, 2020

A Reflection on Trauma, Coronavirus, and 9/11

I never thought I'd see or have to deal with a cultural trauma as profound as 9/11, but the coronavirus has proved me wrong.

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Chatting the Pictures with Pete Souza: Presidential Photos in a Health Crisis

In the shadow of COVID-19, former White House photographer Pete Souza joins us to discuss four photos he took of Obama and Reagan handling health crises.

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Notes Photo April 19, 2020

The Viral Coronavirus Protest Photo from Ohio

It's the first COVID-19 news photograph described as viral without a hint of irony. But that doesn't mean it's not deadly.

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Notes Photo April 17, 2020

Trump’s COVID-19 Show in One Picture

Set in the White House hallway leading to the press briefing room, it serves as the perfect specimen of a spectacle that unspools for hours each night.

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Notes Photo April 13, 2020

New York’s AIDS Memorial Through the Lens of COVID-19

Todd Heisler's photo of the New York City AIDS Memorial in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis honors memory and design.

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Notes Photo April 12, 2020

The Infected Primary

When the democratic process poses a clear and present danger, we should all be able to admit that political malfunction is staring us in the face.

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Notes Photo April 6, 2020

How Could the Strongest Country in the World Fall So Far?

The grief and the sorrow of these medical workers for their fallen co-workers in the second photo is so raw, they can’t even look at the camera.

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Notes Photo April 5, 2020

The Grim Reaper

We were told repeatedly we were two weeks behind Italy, but denial and disbelief are powerful effects. A reflection on two haunting phots by Alex Majoli.

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Chatting the Pictures Video April 3, 2020

Chatting the Pictures: More Pandemic—New York Harbor; Las Vegas Homeless; NYC ICU

This webcast on the pandemic looks at a symbolic scene in New York Harbor, a troubling Las Vegas shelter image, and an emotional Brooklyn hospital photo.

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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes 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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Notes 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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