2020 was a period of groundbreaking social and political upheaval, in combination with a colossal epidemiological crisis—and it urgently redefined the working conditions of photojournalists. The historic 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the devastating Covid-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for photojournalism, forcing photographers into a terrain defined by new ethical, technological, and safety (emotional and physical) concerns, as well as innovative attacks on press freedom.

Through a series of interviews—with top photographers who covered 2020’s biggest crises, as well as key photo editors who grappled with these unprecedented obstacles inside the newsroom—Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter unpacks the industry’s most critical debates as it sheds light on the experiences and thought processes of the visual journalists themselves. Importantly, this book encourages readers to consider the efforts behind the camera lens: the challenges and risks visual journalists face to bring us the news in pictures.

Richly illustrated with evocative photos, Through the Lens is a timely and vital look at the role photojournalism serves in a world of crisis. It is a powerful follow-up to Lauren Walsh’s previous title, Conversations on Conflict Photography, which offers a crucial exploration of the visual documentation of war and humanitarian crisis.

chapter 1|18 pages


chapter |1 pages

A Note On the Interviews

part |41 pages

Interviews with Us-Based Photojournalists

chapter 2|11 pages

Nina Berman

chapter 3|13 pages

Patience Zalanga

chapter 4|13 pages

Spencer Platt

part |31 pages

Interviews with Photojournalists Outside the Us

chapter 5|14 pages

Rodrigo Abd

chapter 6|13 pages

Aly Song

part |30 pages

Interviews with Directors of Photography

chapter 7|14 pages

Danese Kenon

chapter 8|12 pages

Maryanne Golon