The Journal: Photo by Tamara Merino

The Journal: Women Photographers Respond to COVID-19

14 Aug 2020 Brooklyn
The Journal: Photo by Tamara Merino
Photo by Tamara Merino

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In mid-March, when it became evident many photographers were losing work and income due to the pandemic, Charlotte Schmitz (Berlin) and Hannah Yoon (Philadelphia), created The Journal from within the Women Photograph community. The project expanded to include over 400 women* photographers from around the world, documenting their experience of the pandemic, and creating a global community.

The participants were organized into 45 groups, taking turns posting their work on Instagram, and exploring new ways to tell stories on social media. Each week, guest curators posted images surrounding themes such as time, self-portrait, nature, or injustice.

The participants have turned their cameras on themselves, their families, intimate moments, and private spaces. For many of the artists, this is a new way to make pictures, and it represents a more nuanced approach to covering the pandemic.

*We believe that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer, and non-binary people.

Featuring: Nelly Ating, Yen Duong, Camilla Ferrari, Nyimas Laula, Stephanie Mei-Ling, Tamara Merino, Laurence Philomène

Curated by: Sara Ickow


Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017, to elevate the voices of women* and non-binary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,000 independent, documentary photographers based in 100+ countries, and it is available privately, to any commissioning editor or organization.

Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, an annual skills-building workshop, and a travel fund, to help women and non-binary photographers access professional development opportunities.

Our mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community, and to ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers, are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent. We believe that inclusion, and equity work, must be fully intersectional, and we are committed to supporting and highlighting photographers across the spectrum of all identities.

We are particularly committed to centering the voices of women and non-binary photographers of color, and we pledge that more than half of our funding and opportunities, will go to BIPOC photographers.

If you are a picture editor, creative director, or someone who routinely hires photographers, please reach out to: [email protected] for a complete, electronic database of our members, which includes more detailed information regarding geographical areas of expertise, languages spoken, hostile environment training experience, and contact information.

*We believe that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people.