“Earlier this month, I started to travel the city to document the onset of one type of economic activity — the anxious purchase of emergency supplies — and the collapse of many, many others,” writes Ashley Gilbertson in this The New York Times piece where he documents the changes he’s seeing due to the coronavirus.
“America, Again” is a year-long project by the photographers of VII, an exploration of some of the most important issues facing American voters as they head to the polls on November 3rd. This is Chapter 2: The Environment, which includes an essay by author Simon Winchester, reflecting on some of the global and political complexities of environmental issues and America’s role in it all.
This chapter includes five photo stories by Zackary Canepari, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Espen Rasmussen, John Stanmeyer, and Sara Terry.
About “America, Again”: Exactly one year before voters go to the polls on November 3, 2020 — and three months before Iowans gather for their caucuses — VII launched the first chapter of our year-long collective election coverage, “America, Again.”
This project emerged among a few of the VII photographers with the intention of focusing attention on the issues that will dominate the U.S. election. The VII Foundation and VII Academy have stepped in to support the project in recognition of the importance of critical and independent storytelling in civic discourse. We will produce stories on material issues that people worldwide are wrangling with, not only Americans. We’ll cover issues that are used to divide us, and that allow populist politicians to undermine the values that are foundational to our societies.
The New York Times pored over 10 years of images, of moments both fresh and faded, to tell the story of the past decade. Included in this review is Ashley Gilbertson’s April 27, 2013, photo taken at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Staff Sgt. Miguel Deynes prepared a final uniform for Capt. Aaron R. Blanchard. Captain Blanchard and his Apache co-pilot, First Lt. Robert J. Hess, were killed in a rocket attack in Afghanistan.
“There is a kind of visual language and literacy and responsibility that comes with photographing someone who is in a vulnerable situation, and how do you do it with dignity.” — Christopher Lee
VII Mentor Program photographer Christopher Lee’s photo of Tanitoluwa Adewumi is featured in The New York Times Year in Pictures. Tanitoluwa, known as Tani, was an 8-year-old refugee from Nigeria living in a homeless shelter with his family. He was also a state chess champion.
Click here to view The New York Times Year in Pictures, featuring more images by Christopher Lee and VII’s Ashley Gilbertson.