Past Artist Talk

Covering the Pandemic: Photographers on the Front Lines

Join Magnum photographers for a talk about covering the pandemic in a two-hour online panel discussion with moderator, Dale Willman from the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Newsha Tavakolian My father died exactly a year ago. He became 64. Heart attack. We had planned a big commemoration ceremony, invited guests, ordered food. But we had to cancel everything. It was very sad but what e (...)
Alex Majoli Disinfection in Siracusa, Palazzolo Acreide. Italy. Shot for Vanity Fair assignment March, 2020. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Every evening at 20h Parisians come to their windows and balconies to cheer and applaud the medical workers. Paris, France. March 31, 2020. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Enri Canaj Lab doing the test for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Athens, Greece. March 18, 2020. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

While many journalists have found ways to cover the COVID-19 pandemic from a distance, photographers remain on the front lines. Photos and video stir emotions and offer important information for viewers. But that work simply can’t be done over the telephone. So photographers are perhaps particularly at risk as journalists work to inform and educate the public. What can they do to stay healthy? What strategies can photographers use to address the trauma many will suffer from coming face-to-face with the coronavirus? Join us for a special webinar designed specifically for photojournalists.

Register now for the latest conversation developed by Magnum Photos in partnership with the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Learn how photographers stay safe while covering the pandemic from those in the field, including: Newsha Tavakolian, Enri Canaj, and Alex Majoli.

Hear how Thomas Dworzak is uniquely approaching coverage of the pandemic utilizing technologies available, while isolating at his home.

Discover how Magnum agents work with photographers and photo editors from Magnum’s Content Editor, Natalie Ivis, and Magnum’s Content Director, Lauren Winfield.

Learn tips from Judith Matloff of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma on how to recognize and deal with trauma that may arise from the stresses of COVID-19 coverage.

Where & When
Earth Institute at Columbia University
April 20, 2020 12pm EST – 2PM EST

The webinar will be held in English


Selection and Requirements
The discussion is open to 500 applicants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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