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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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Notes Photo March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Stock Photography

Stock photography is tricky. Take, for example, the meaning and messaging of this "stop coronavirus" image in the midst of the pandemic.

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Chatting the Pictures: Coronavirus Culture, From Vatican, to Apartment Block, to Corner Bar

This webcast looks at the Pope addressing an empty St. Peters Square, the social power of the Italian balcony, and young revelers before the lock-down.

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Chatting the Pictures: Coronavirus Politics–From the White House, to the Cafe, to the Gun Shop

This week, our webcast looks at a snapshot of the White House coronavirus task force, the virus and social class in a Rome cafe scene, and the run on guns.

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Notes 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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