Covid
Photo
Diaries

  • 8 photographers
  • 1 virus

Covid Photo Diaries is a project created by eight prominent Spanish photojournalists who document, in different parts of the country and on a daily basis, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

What is life in confinement like? What is this new daily life made of? How do we deal with the epidemic? We discover this through the photographs of Manu Brabo, Olmo Calvo, José Colón, Javier Fergo, Susana Girón, Isabel Permuy, Judith Prat and Anna Surinyach.  

The initiative begins with an account on Instagram where, since March 17, 2020, images captured in their homes, in their neighbourhoods, in their cities, or wherever there is a story to be told are published every day. They are accompanied by short texts in which their own authors or contributing editors give context, add their own sensations, and expand the descriptions of places, people, and events.  

Due to movement restrictions -after the state of alarm decreed on March 14-, the collective begins to photograph their closest surroundings, where each one lives: in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Gijón, Jerez de la Frontera, and Seville. Little by little, with the help of NGOs and other organizations, they are expanding their scope and extending their coverage in the territory.   

"This project was born with the aim of being an interactive map of one of the most important events we have experienced in recent decades. In addition to the unquestionable relevance of documenting the day-to-day running of this health alert and its consequences for the population, there is the enormous value that this visual, plural and extensive testimony will have when everything is over. It will be the memory of what happened to us these days", say the photojournalists.   

Covid Photo Diaries is a collective and courageous response to the challenge of documenting a stage that is changing our lives. That is why we at Médicos del Mundo decided to support it. It is a new creative proposal to explore, inform, and face the current crisis together, and also, a way to support each other.

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Me, my self and I ready to shoot into the COVID-19 area at the Sanatorio Covadonga medical institution in Gijón, Asturias, Spain.

Me, my self and I ready to shoot into the COVID-19 area at the Sanatorio Covadonga medical institution in Gijón, Asturias, Spain.
Olmo, Fabiola and Iria

THANK YOU for joining us during these three months in which we've received so much love ‘waiting for Iria’ in the middle of a pandemic. For Olmo and me, it has been a pleasure to be one more piece of this mosaic that CovidPhotoDiaries has become. THANK YOU, Manu, Susana, Judith, Ana, Javier, Jose, Isabel and María. See you soon!

José Colón


Barcelona

Work on "Memory and Covid19" done with a large 9x12 analogue pinhole camera. to thank To thank. Conjug. model. 1. tr. Feel grateful. 2. tr. Show gratitude or give thanks. 3. tr. Said of one thing: Correspond to the work used to preserve or improve it. "The real forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.'" - Oprah Winfrey - There are many phrases of thanks that would make us understand how important is that feeling. Sometimes, in this pandemic, we have only momentarily understood gratitude, especially when we have been in complicated situations, which we have been! But now it seems that everything has been overcome, and we do not remember what we have, and it has happened to others! Is it a feeling of blindness that prevents us from seeing the reality of things? Is it of great value to appreciate many things that we only give importance to when we lack them? Now a bit in the distance I analyze, and I realize that I have seen small actions that are definitive for things to change. Many people and groups make the difference in small and large actions. I have to thank my housemates for their endurance! To my partner Martina, for your understanding! To the coworkers, for helping to create a project, as handsome as CovidPhotoDiaries, thanks for having me! To the doorman of that apartment who gave me water, great! To that taxi driver who gave me a conversation when the silence was taking over me. Obviously to all my relatives, for talking to me every day, and a long etc. They have all done better this process that we will not forget, or at least I will not forget.

Work on "Memory and Covid19" done with a large 9x12 analogue pinhole camera. to thank To thank. Conjug. model. 1. tr. Feel grateful. 2. tr. Show gratitude or give thanks. 3. tr. Said of one thing: Correspond to the work used to preserve or improve it. "The real forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.'" - Oprah Winfrey - There are many phrases of thanks that would make us understand how important is that feeling. Sometimes, in this pandemic, we have only momentarily understood gratitude, especially when we have been in complicated situations, which we have been! But now it seems that everything has been overcome, and we do not remember what we have, and it has happened to others! Is it a feeling of blindness that prevents us from seeing the reality of things? Is it of great value to appreciate many things that we only give importance to when we lack them? Now a bit in the distance I analyze, and I realize that I have seen small actions that are definitive for things to change. Many people and groups make the difference in small and large actions. I have to thank my housemates for their endurance! To my partner Martina, for your understanding! To the coworkers, for helping to create a project, as handsome as CovidPhotoDiaries, thanks for having me! To the doorman of that apartment who gave me water, great! To that taxi driver who gave me a conversation when the silence was taking over me. Obviously to all my relatives, for talking to me every day, and a long etc. They have all done better this process that we will not forget, or at least I will not forget.

Javier Fergo


Jerez de la Frontera

Thanks to all the people who have opened the door of their home, their life and their work during this time that I have been documenting the pandemic in my land: Andalusia. Today ends this phase of Covid Photo Diaries ... Will it continue?

Thanks to all the people who have opened the door of their home, their life and their work during this time that I have been documenting the pandemic in my land: Andalusia. Today ends this phase of Covid Photo Diaries ... Will it continue?
THANK YOU. To all the people who opened their doors to me despite their fear and the fact that I was a stranger. People who shared their stories and are the only and true protagonists of these photographic diaries. THANKS to my 7 colleagues from Covid Photo Diaries, for surprising me every day with your gaze, for teaching me something every day and for your priceless talent, effort, and commitment to the profession and the moment we are living. THANKS to those who follow this project every day, have supported it, and ultimately made it possible. Ainhoa, thanks! THANKS, AND ALSO FORGIVENESS. To my family and friends, for the hugs and the time that I have not given them in these three months and for bearing with worry my bad days. Thank you, because all of you and after everything shared and lived, you have given me the gift of being a better version of myself.

THANK YOU. To all the people who opened their doors to me despite their fear and the fact that I was a stranger. People who shared their stories and are the only and true protagonists of these photographic diaries. THANKS to my 7 colleagues from Covid Photo Diaries, for surprising me every day with your gaze, for teaching me something every day and for your priceless talent, effort, and commitment to the profession and the moment we are living. THANKS to those who follow this project every day, have supported it, and ultimately made it possible. Ainhoa, thanks! THANKS, AND ALSO FORGIVENESS. To my family and friends, for the hugs and the time that I have not given them in these three months and for bearing with worry my bad days. Thank you, because all of you and after everything shared and lived, you have given me the gift of being a better version of myself.
It has been 86 days since we started this diary, coinciding with the entry into force of the state of alert due to the health crisis in covid-19. During this time I have met many people who are going through very difficult situations, who have lost their loved ones, their jobs, their homes, who have been confined to tiny, unhealthy spaces, even who have been starving... and who were also just a few meters from my house. Still, they opened their doors to me, shared their time with me and their story with everyone, I could not be more grateful to them. Thanks to them I was able to forget a little about my own problems, park my sadness and work, work, and work. It is perhaps contradictory but it has been for me an enormously enriching experience in which I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and learn from them, and to work side by side with some exceptional colleagues Manu Brabo, Susana Girón, Javi Fergo, Anna Surinyach, José Colón, Judith Prat and Olmo Calvo. The help of María Senovilla has also been essential, who, in addition to writing those precious texts, was close by whenever I needed her. Thanks to all of you who have followed our work and encouraged us to continue. Good luck and see you soon!

It has been 86 days since we started this diary, coinciding with the entry into force of the state of alert due to the health crisis in covid-19. During this time I have met many people who are going through very difficult situations, who have lost their loved ones, their jobs, their homes, who have been confined to tiny, unhealthy spaces, even who have been starving... and who were also just a few meters from my house. Still, they opened their doors to me, shared their time with me and their story with everyone, I could not be more grateful to them. Thanks to them I was able to forget a little about my own problems, park my sadness and work, work, and work. It is perhaps contradictory but it has been for me an enormously enriching experience in which I have had the opportunity to meet extraordinary people and learn from them, and to work side by side with some exceptional colleagues Manu Brabo, Susana Girón, Javi Fergo, Anna Surinyach, José Colón, Judith Prat and Olmo Calvo. The help of María Senovilla has also been essential, who, in addition to writing those precious texts, was close by whenever I needed her. Thanks to all of you who have followed our work and encouraged us to continue. Good luck and see you soon!

Judith Prat


Zaragoza

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It has been days of intense work, of uncertainty and of great challenges in every way. At Covid Photo Diaries we have tried to tell it to the best of our ability, despite all the restrictions that have been imposed on us. We have tried to bring the stories of all those people whom we have had the opportunity to meet and photograph, I want to thank all of them, for opening the doors to us, sharing their stories and allowing us to turn all the figures into human faces. Thanks to all of you who have followed us during these months.

It has been days of intense work, of uncertainty and of great challenges in every way. At Covid Photo Diaries we have tried to tell it to the best of our ability, despite all the restrictions that have been imposed on us. We have tried to bring the stories of all those people whom we have had the opportunity to meet and photograph, I want to thank all of them, for opening the doors to us, sharing their stories and allowing us to turn all the figures into human faces. Thanks to all of you who have followed us during these months.

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