The photo that shook a nation: Joshua Irwandi’s stark Nat Geo photograph, pictured above, made a nation confront its COVID-19 denialism. On Friday, Irwandi was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in breaking news photography. Here’s the story behind his image of a COVID victim in an Indonesian hospital, alone, wrapped in cellophane before burial. Late Friday, Josh told us that he appreciated the recognition, adding that he hoped it would help break down barriers to freedom of the press, “not only in Indonesia, but anywhere where journalists are silenced.”
Emerging: Photo students in the Bronx, many of them in their teens, described their lives emerging from lockdown and COVID-19 in a series of self-portraits published by the New York Times. Dennise Reyes, 17, described dancing cumbia, zapateados, and rock en espanol as a way to remember her grandfather, who died of COVID in April 2020. “I know he’s right next to me watching me laugh,” she says. “Every spin and stomp makes me feel free.” See the images.
Silver linings: For many older or prematurely graying Americans, the pandemic obliged—or enabled—them to go natural. Elinor Carucci created portraits of women who ditched societal pressures on their hair color. “Now it’s just about getting comfortable with the flux, and riding the wave wherever it may go,” one of the women photographed, Sausan Machari, 42, told the New Yorker.
Game over: Photographer Judy A. Juracek has published various books with images of surfaces as a visual research resource for artists, architects, and designers. Now she is suing a videogame giant for using her images without licensing them. Juracek says Campcom used many of her photos to create environments, details, and even logos in best-selling games such as Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry, PetaPixel reports.
‘Chosen’: Love and biological connection cannot be assumed in biological families, so many LBGTQ couples have “chosen” families of intimacy, caring, and respect. That’s the theme of a new photo exhibition celebrating queer chosen families. The exhibition by eight photographers highlights “the power of physical contact after a year in which so many of us were distanced,” Vogue reports.