The Moments We Won’t Forget: Social Distancing & The Photographers Documenting COVID-19

The Moments We Won’t Forget: Social Distancing & The Photographers Documenting COVID-19

Every Friday we share images that make us take a pause when scrolling through our Instagram feeds. Affectionately known as Friday Inspiration, the “inspiration” part of that felt a bit out of touch in the wake of the COVID-19 spread, so we’ve decided to do things a little differently this week.

Like most people on the globe, we’ve been keeping a close eye on how border closures, mandated quarantines and social distancing are affecting everyone. Importantly, we know the photo community is being impacted by this disproportionately and we’re doing what we can to make sure everyone is feeling connected and getting the resources they need. With job cancellations and a lot of uncertainty in the air, it’s also crucial we keep an eye on how this pandemic is being documented by fellow photographers.

Photography, at its core, is a historical tool we can use to tell the story of this moment — however unprecedented it may be.

Doug Strickland

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New York Times reporter Jack Nicas’s story about Matt Colvin, a Hixson, Tennessee man who bought out bulk supplies of hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes and protective masks from stores to resell on Amazon, struck a nerve when it published yesterday. The now-viral story details how Colvin and his brother bought 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer from both local and rural retailers in Tennessee and Kentucky, which he then listed on Amazon for between $8 and $70 each. Eventually, Amazon and Ebay cracked down on price gouging sellers, and Colvin was left sitting on a garage and storage locker full of products that many are desperately seeking as the country tries to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since the story ran, Colvin has received death threats, said that he now intends to donate the goods rather than sell them, and become the subject of an investigation by the Tennessee attorney general. Thanks so much to @acelii for trusting me with this important assignment.

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Chip Somodevilla

Sarah Phouthaboun

Victor Llorente

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Deep cleaning of the NYSE for @nytimes 🙏🏻 @acelii

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Christopher Morris

Jabin Botsford

Ciro Gutierrez

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