Cross-posted from IJNet. [By Natalie Van Hoozer] “Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, photojournalists around the world already faced challenging working conditions. Job security was waning, pay was minimal and a majority felt physically unsafe at least sometimes while on the job, according to a 2018 report by World Press Photo.
More than 60% of photographers interviewed in the study described themselves as self-employed, and 66% reported their annual income from photography was less than $30,000. Over 90% of interviewees said they felt at risk while working as photographers.
The current health crisis has only magnified these challenges. I spoke with freelance photojournalists in Italy, Mexico and the United States carrying financial and health concerns like they never have before. They shared their experiences and the resources they’ve found helpful as they work to document the evolving pandemic.”