Taslima Akhter
Taslima Akhter
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Katie Orlinksy
Josué Rivas

Featuring: Abdo Shanan, Billy H.C. Kwok, Josué Rivas, Katie Orlinksy, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Taslima Akhter

As coronavirus cases began their deadly rise across the globe this spring, whole countries shut down, pushing millions out of work and stalling the world economy. But the lockdowns didn’t stop prejudice, police violence, or wage theft. These cases exacerbated the inequality and exploitation that existed before the coronavirus. And while the lockdowns have made it more difficult to voice dissent in the streets, some governments have used the crisis as a pretext to ban political gatherings, it hasn’t stopped people from continuing to protest injustice and oppression, wherever they find it.

To document the global uprisings that have shaken the world this year, The Nation, America’s oldest progressive weekly magazine, and Magnum Foundation, an organization expanding creativity and diversity in documentary practice, have partnered on an eighteen-week series of photographic dispatches from activist hot spots around the world.

From the garment factories of Bangladesh to Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, from the streets of Algeria to the universities of Hong Kong, this series, Frontlines in Focus features storytelling by independent image makers, whose role in recording, collecting, and communicating stories during this time of collective isolation is especially vital.


  • Magnum Foundation

    Magnum Foundation

    Magnum Foundation expands creativity and diversity in visual storytelling, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grants, mentorship, and creative collaborations, we partner with socially engaged imagemakers exploring new models for storytelling. Since our founding in 2007 by members of the Magnum Photos cooperative, we have made more than 600 direct grants to visual storytellers from over 80 countries. To find out about upcoming exhibitions and events, learn about grant opportunities, or join our community of support, please visit

Frontlines in Focus

 archive : 2020

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Simone Salvo Frank Reynolds

Presented by: Magnum Foundation
  • Magnum Foundation


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