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300 photographers from across the world join forces for Covid Street project

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A submission from Giuseppe Pons to the Covid Street project: street scene during lockdown in Milan, Italy (Image credit: Covid Street Project/Giuseppe Pons)

Street photographers around the world have joined forces to produce a not-for-profit book to raise money for people suffering hardship after the initial shock of the coronavirus pandemic. 

At the time of writing, around 300 photographers have contributed to the Covid Street project. 

It was founded by photographer, author and Digital Camera World contributor Adam Juniper; London-based street photographer and author of The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto, Tanya Nagar (opens in new tab); and professional lifestyle photographer Tom Clabots (opens in new tab)

The Covid Street collective is beating lockdowns to tell a global story through street photography, but without breaking the rules or encouraging people to break them. 

And by pooling the images, the Covid Street project hopes that its book will be on sale on or before the anniversary of the first coronavirus case being reported in China – pre-orders will soon be able to be made on the Covid Street site (opens in new tab)

"Tanya and I have known each other for years, since I published her first book ’The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto,’” says Adam. 

"Since then we’ve worked together on a podcast, Not the Gear (opens in new tab), and another book. This was Tanya’s most ambitious idea yet, though – to bring together street photographers to document the rapidly changing times.” 

Covid Street co-founder Adam Juniper photographed this ornamental dog figure outside a shop in Leyton, London (Image credit: Covid Street Project/Adam Juniper)
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Lockdowns were not in force when the pair first discussed the putative project, but they soon realised how things would play out. So to move as fast as they could, they began the venture on Instagram. 

“Tanya also drafted in our fellow co-founder, photographer Tom Clabots, who is based in Antwerp,” adds Adam. 

“He’s been helping us update and manage the feed and now we’re starting to look at the next phase: how we can help deliver targeted relief to creatives – especially photographers – many of whom are starting to suffer economically even as restrictions are slowly beginning to be lifted. We’re keen to hear from relief funds who meet our criteria.” 

Grocery store in Paris, France, during the lockdown, by Jawad Allazkani (Image credit: Covid Street Project/Jawad Allazkani)
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Adam and Tanya are also sharing some photographic lessons and stories on their Not The Gear podcast. 

“The definition of street photography has definitely had to be stretched a little, not least for hard lockdowns like the Italian one – one of our contributors has had to shoot exclusively from his window,” notes Adam. 

Prospective contributors can come to Covid Street via direct messaging on Instagram (@covidstreet) (opens in new tab) and tagging the project (#covidstreet). 

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Niall is the editor of Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab), and has been shooting on interchangeable lens cameras for over 20 years, and on various point-and-shoot models for years before that. 


Working alongside professional photographers for many years as a jobbing journalist gave Niall the curiosity to also start working on the other side of the lens. These days his favored shooting subjects include wildlife, travel and street photography, and he also enjoys dabbling with studio still life. 


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