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Diary of a Pandemic: March 26, 2020

The first in a weekly series of curations of images made by Magnum photographers around the world, working and living under varying degrees of social restriction

The  COVID-19 outbreak has seen most Magnum photographers restricted in their movements. As part of an ongoing photographer-led initiative, Magnum photographers are sharing information, updates, and new work made in these strange and difficult times.

This work will be shared through Magnum Photos’ Instagram in the form of albums and Instagram Stories takeovers, as well as here. Over coming weeks, we’ll be featuring a series of edits of these images, made by project leader Peter van Agtmael, alongside personal notes and reflections from Magnum photographers on how they are experiencing the unfolding situation.

Jonas Bendiksen At home with daughters Boe and Billie, as all the nursery schools are closed during the Coronavirus outbreak. Nesoddtangeen. Norway. 2020. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos

Jonas Bendiksen

“This quarantine feeling of standstill and peace is elusive here… Time to reflect and step out of the hustle and bustle… But instead, full-time in wonderful but nonstop 2-4 year old world, cleaning Legos, making lunches, running outside, etc, etc.”

 

Richard Kalvar My wife using a steam inhaler, which may make things better, or worse, depending on whom you ask. Paris. FRANCE. March 19, 2020. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Richard Kalvar

“Standard explanation: My wife looking at her crystal ball to see if we’re going to make through this ordeal.

Alternate explanation: My wife using a steam inhaler, which may make things better, or worse, depending on whom you ask.”

 

Jean Gaumy Annick has been our neighbor for 25 years now. Most pupils in Fécamp had her as French teacher. At her request, I left on the low wall separating our gardens, the bread I went to get at the baker (...)

Jean Gaumy

“Annick has been our neighbor for 25 years now. Most pupils in Fécamp had her as their French teacher. At her request, I left the bread I got at the bakery on the low wall separating our gardens.”

 

Bieke Depoorter Belgiuml. 2020 © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Bieke Depoorter

“This situation makes you observe yourself from up close. But lets twist this into a positive. I actually have the feeling like I am on an artist residency. Let’s hold onto that.”

 

Nanna Heitmann I had to self- quarantine after the retreat, since I travelled to Germany. In Russia there are only 140 people infected officially but that can’t be true and it's likely the subway will close soon. (...)

Nanna Heitmann

“In Russia there are only 140 people infected officially, but that can’t be true and the subway will probably soon close its doors – it only did once before, for one day in World War II.”

 

Emin Özmen We are stressed after learning two of our nephews have been diagnosed with Covid-19. They are 4 and 6 years old living in France, far from us. Here my wife Cloé is sitting on the couch, lost in her (...)

Emin Özmen

“We are stressed after learning two of our nephews have been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Here my wife Cloé is sitting on the coach, lost in her deep thoughts and the uncertainty of our own situation, only hoping the best for our beloved ones.”

 

Sim Chi Yin (Sim Chi Yin documents her activities during the Coronavirus pandemic.) Dear Lucas, In three weeks or less, you are due to join us. What a chaotic world you are being born into…. On Monday, your da (...)

Sim Chi Yin

“Dear Lucas,

In three weeks or less, you are due to join us. What a chaotic world you are being born into…. How peaceful you look inside my belly, oblivious to the craziness going on outside. We will do our best to shield you from the worst of these times.”

 

Carl De Keyzer The street where we are currently staying. We are fine but sort of stuck in the middle of our trip. Working on a new project in the US and moving from one Airbnb to the next. Most of the events I w (...)

Carl de Keyzer

“Our Airbnb street full of cars, people obviously all at home.”

 

Mark Power Monday’s extraordinary u-turn by Boris Johnson’s government, from the bizarre concept of ‘Herd immunity’, allowing the virus to naturally spread to enough people to eventually bring it to an end (u (...)

Mark Power

“Our 17-year old son, Milligan, is going stir-crazy already… Our gentle suggestions to use the time to tidy his room have fallen on deaf ears. But at least he has his music, and for much of the day our house is filled with piano, drums and marimba. In this respect at least, we’re very lucky.”

 

Cristina de Middel I have been myself juggling from denial to paranoia, changing my mind about the seriousness of the situation every 2 minutes, sounding careless when conversations became too dramatic and alarming w (...)

Cristina de Middel

“I have been myself juggling from denial to paranoia, changing my mind about the seriousness of the situation every 2 minutes, sounding careless when conversations became too dramatic and alarming whenever I was meeting someone who was not giving the right importance to the situation. Now, with half of my family in Spain and the other half in Italy, the juggling has stopped.”

 

Stuart Franklin Schools are closed and exams are canceled. This is Sophie’s last day going in. Her friends have signed her school shirt. Caroline going back to work at A&E this afternoon. England. London. GB. Marc (...)

Stuart Franklin

“Here is London: schools closed from today, and exams cancelled. This is Sophie’s last day going in. Her friends have signed her school shirt. Caroline going back to work at A&E this afternoon.”

 

Peter van Agtmael A few months ago I paid casual attention to what was going on in Wuhan. It seemed very far away. In the past week it's really begun to sink in that this could become a civilizational catastrophe. (...)

Peter van Agtmael

“A few months ago I paid casual attention to what was going on in Wuhan. It seemed very far away.

In the past week it’s really begun to sink in that this could become a civilizational catastrophe.”

 

David Hurn David Hurn documents his activities during the Coronavirus pandemic. Tintern. Wales. GB. March 20, 2020. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos

David Hurn

“This is not my natural style and certainly not my natural instinct but I guess I can’t do much else other than show my surrounds. I am sure it will not produce any pictures that will stand alone and pass the test of time but photography has many uses.
So I am watching telly.
Listening to music.
Reading books.
Watching birds eat.
Looking at my William Morris wallpaper plus friends.
Saddened by empty guest room.
More saddened by my lonely bed.”

 

Olivia Arthur © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

Olivia Arthur

“Yesterday was the last day of school so we collected Thea and a bundle of home-schooling leaflets and came home to officially start our isolation. We marked the occasion with a little bonfire in the back garden and the girls played in the garden house (our Airbnb guests have all cancelled of course). Anything different is always fun for them at first. This morning Thea made a painting of the whole ‘family’ (everyone who lives in our house) and constantly refers to everything we do as ‘because of the virus’.”

 

Rafal Milach © Rafal Milach | Magnum Photos

Rafal Milach

“The sky over Warsaw is clear
all flights have been canceled
the sky is sealed over Poland
hugs from lockdown”