Join us in the ICP Bookstore Café for a book-signing by Dr. Lauren Walsh, author of Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter. 

2020 was a period of groundbreaking social and political upheaval, in combination with an epidemiological crisis. The 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the pandemic presented unique challenges for photojournalism, forcing photographers into a terrain defined by new ethical, technological, and safety concerns, as well as attacks on press freedom.

Through a series of interviews with top photographers who covered 2020’s biggest crises, as well as key photo editors who grappled with these unprecedented obstacles inside the newsroom, Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter unpacks the industry’s most critical debates as it sheds light on the experiences and thought processes of the visual journalists themselves, encouraging readers to consider the efforts behind the camera lens.

Richly illustrated, Through the Lens is a timely look at the role photojournalism serves in a world of crisis. The book is a follow-up to Lauren Walsh’s previous title, Conversations on Conflict Photography, which offers an exploration of the visual documentation of war and humanitarian crisis.

Admission to ICP's museum is by suggested donation during this event. All attendees must show proof of vaccination and are requested to wear a mask throughout their visit.

Lauren Walsh teaches at the New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin School's Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national public archive of photography and memory.

Image: Healthcare workers, including nurses and paramedics, respond to the 7:00 p.m. clap by firefighters and New Yorkers honoring them, NYU Langone Hospital, New York City, April 4, 2020. © Nina Berman