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AP PHOTOS: Photographers reflect on single shot of pandemic

Added 04-18-21 12:03:02am EST - “The images show the intimacy of husbands and wives saying goodbye for the last time, or reuniting after months apart. They honor the courage of nurses, funeral workers and clerics who risked their own health to do their jobs. They…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “AP PHOTOS: Photographers reflect on single shot of pandemic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ROME (AP) - The images show the intimacy of husbands and wives saying goodbye for the last time, or reuniting after months apart. They honor the courage of nurses, funeral workers and clerics who risked their own health to do their jobs. They witness life slipping away, and being snatched back from death.

To mark the milestone of 3 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide, The Associated Press asked 15 photographers in 13 countries to pick the single image they shot that had the greatest impact, and explain why.

Their selections document the staggering human toll as COVID-19 robbed people of their lives, basic freedoms and day-to-day routines over the past year. But their reflections tell a deeper story, guiding the viewer to see and understand a once-in-a-century pandemic through the eyes of people who had the privilege and horror of witnessing it first-hand.

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Just like their subjects, the AP photographers were terrified they might get infected and bring the virus home. Just like their subjects, they remain haunted by what they saw. Just like their subjects, they found moments of hope.

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