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.
Featuring: Abdo Shanan, Billy H.C. Kwok, Josué Rivas, Katie Orlinksy, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Taslima Akhter
Curated by: Simone Salvo & Frank Reynolds
The Magnum Foundation is a nonprofit organization that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grant-making and mentorship, Magnum Foundation supports a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographers, and experiments with new models for storytelling.
Home to tenacious muckraking, provocative commentary, and spirited debate about politics and culture, The Nation magazine empowers readers to fight for justice and equality for all. Founded by abolitionists in 1865, we’ve long believed that independent journalism has the capacity to bring about a more democratic and equitable world. By providing a deeper understanding of the world as it is—and as it could be—we drive bold ideas into the conversation, and ignite debates far beyond our pages.