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What We Learned This Week: Updating Covid-19 News

By May 8, 2020 COVID-19, Current News

Screenshot of article posted on Pro Photo DailyCross-posted from Pro Photo Daily
[by David Schonauer]

The world is starting to emerge from lockdown.

But it will be a slow and uncertain process: This week we took note of a number of stories relating to Covid-19’s impact on the world of photography:

The Lucie Award Foundation announced that the 2020 Lucie Awards event would take place on Tuesday, October 20, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City — if all goes well. “In light of the current situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and the need for all of us to assist in minimizing the spread of the disease in our communities, our plans are fluid and we will follow all the guidelines of the CDC and New York City,” noted the Foundation.

FotoFocus, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit that hosts the largest photography biennial in the US, has pledged the entire $800,000 budget of its canceled 2020 event to help support arts organizations in the Midwest, noted Hyperallergic.

Paris Photo New York – the inaugural New York edition of the Paris Photo art fair — was cancelled, but now, noted AnOther, the event’s organizers have moved the fair online, offering access to work from more than 1,200 photographs from 173 galleries.

Lensrentals recently surveyed more than a thousand professional photographers and filmmakers to find out how they have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 96 percent of those who responded said that their income or work had been negatively impacted, with an average of 78 percent of bookings cancelled during April.

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