Texas Tribune photojournalists on the front line: photography in a year of pandemic and unrest
As millions of Texans adapted to COVID-19 by working from home this year — including much of ourstaff — The Texas Tribune’s photojournalists went out to document a world upended by the pandemic.
And this summer, the nation reached a tipping point on the issues of racial injustice and police brutality. Protests and demonstrations erupted across the country. Cities and towns in Texas and beyond saw thousands turn out into the streets.
Ourphotojournalists were there. Emotions were high, and the situations encountered by demonstrators and police — and reporters and photographers —werevolatile and sometimes dangerous. And by then, COVID-19 was spreading rapidly across the country.
Festival ticket holders can watch the discussion on demand starting at 8 a.m. Sunday through Sept. 30, the end of the Festival. For our readers not attending the Festival, here’s a look at some of the work from these photojournalists who helped us tell the stories of 2020, a year like no other.
First: Shelves in the toilet paper aisle of an H-E-B grocery store in Austin were empty as customers stocked up on essentials during the COVID-19 outbreak in March. Last: Armed demonstrators guarded the memorial to Garrett Foster, who was shot and killed during a protest against police brutality in Austin in July.
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First: In July, Juan Lopez removed the body of a person who died from COVID-19 at home in McAllen. Last: Nurses prepared to enter the COVID-19 unit at an Edinburg hospital in June.
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First: Protesters marched through downtown Houston, demanding accountability and justice for Black lives lost to police violence. Next: A hearse containing George Floyd’s body drove up a flag-lined street as it approached the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston in June. Last: Protesters gathered at a Houston rally in memory of Floyd. The former Houston resident was killed in Minneapolis police custody.
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First: Declan True listens to his kindergarten teacher on the first day of in-person classes at Highland Village Elementary. Last: A health care worker spoke to a patient at a drive-thru testing site in Garland in June.
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First: Austin police officers on horseback approached demonstrators who gathered in May to protest the killings of George Floyd and Mike Ramos. Last: Nurses Amber Phillips, left, and Kristen Howell administered COVID-19 tests in March at the Austin Regional Clinic drive-thru testing center in Kyle.