In the span of less than a week, concerns about COVID-19 have taken a backseat to the nationwide protests against police brutality and racism sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor. Photojournalists covering the scenes have been confronted with violence against them by police and unknown agitators.
In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah Jacobs and Allen Murabayashi discuss the incredible photography being produced around the country – including by many smaller newsrooms, discuss whether we should be calling images “Pulitzer Prize worthy” in the moment that the work is created, and how ordinary citizens with cellphones are capturing incredible (and often unbelievable) scenes..
Finally, we meditate with graduation photos and a piece about skateboarding in NYC.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- Bill of Rights (via Cornell Law School)
- Police targeted journalists covering the George Floyd protests (via Vox)
- ‘The norms have broken down’: Shock as journalists are arrested, injured by police while trying to cover the story (via WashPo)
- LAT’s Carolyn Cole tweets about attack by MNSP
- LAT’s Molly Hennesy-Fiske tweets about MNSP firing tear gas at reporters
- LAT’s Luis Sinco narrowly avoids facial injury when his camera stops rubber bullet
- Freelancer Linda Tirado loses an eye after being shot by police (via NYT)
- Reuter’s Lucas Jackson tweets about violence in MN and being attacked by crowbar
- Fire and Protests in the Twin Cities (via The Atlantic)
- AP’s John Minchillo’s iconic protest image
- The StarTribune’s Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Carlos Gonzales, and Elizabeth Flores
- The Mercury News’ Dai Sugano, Nhat V. Meyer, and Randy Vasquez
- Citizen journalists: @chieffymac11, @nataliealund, @freeyourmindkid
- Punahou’s 2020 High School graduation
- @mykailua solicits graduation photos
- @morgan_timms captures Taos High School and Vista Grande High School graduates
- Christopher Cross “Sailing”
- ‘It’s Like I’m Floating’: Skating New York Under Lockdown