“There are photographers on the frontlines documenting Coronavirus hotspots throughout the world, revealing how the pandemic has affected each country. Like a type of war photography, they are capturing what will eventually be glimpses of the past. This is a monumental task. Street photographers have set out across some of the largest urban cities to document the spectacle of empty plazas and untouched park benches. Photojournalists have stood directly beside patients and doctors, documenting the selfless work being done by healthcare professionals, public transit workers, grocery store clerks, sanitation employees and government employees.
Photography is unique because although it is considered a creative field, it also functions as a vital source of news. It replaced the paintings and drawings that were used to document important people and events; recording history is now as quick as the speed of someone’s shutter. Many photographers are risking their lives for a greater purpose by recording this peculiar time in history. New York based photographer Luiz Ribeiro, who has worked with both The New York Times and Associated Press, has been taking pictures of the pandemic’s effects on New York City. As a freelance photographer for New York’s Daily News, his photographs include briefs from Bill de Blasio and police commissioners, to action shots of the NYPD and NYFD on the frontlines, to desolate squares that used to be overflowing with street vendors. Ribeiro explains, “I felt the responsibility to inform the people who are locked inside their houses what's really happening and how important it is to follow the CDC guidelines... photos of empty streets can convey that,” Read more on our website www.museemagazine.com -
Times Square: New York - MARCH 16, 2020 © Luiz C. Ribeiro for New York Daily News
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