The most challenging job was covering Covid-19
When India was struck by a second deadly wave of Covid-19 earlier this year, photojournalists were at the vanguard, using pictures to tell India’s pandemic narrative to the rest of the globe.
On the eve of World Photography Day, which falls on Thursday, Anadolu Agency talked with a few photojournalists in India who risked their lives to bring tales about the epidemic to light.
The pictures, which went viral and sparked anger across the world, were shot by Reuters Chief Photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in crossfire while documenting the war in Afghanistan in July.
Praveen Jain, India’s top photographer, said it was the most challenging job of his life after traveling throughout the country since the first wave of the epidemic to report on the situation on the ground.
“I’ve covered wars and various forms of violence before, but covering Covid-19 was particularly challenging since you didn’t know who was sick…
People were not ready to meet from the start, and traveling was problematic as well “he said, “However, despite this, I went to every corner of the nation so that we could convey the truth on the ground.”
He claimed he was “pleased” that his efforts have prompted the government to take action to assist the people on occasion.
“We witnessed people waiting for hours at the hospital in Ahmedabad, and the situation was dire…
However, when those photographs were released, they drew national attention, prompting the government to take action “Jain said.
Photographers were mainly visible on the ground during the epidemic, according to Jain, who was also afflicted with Covid-19 while on assignment.
Jaipal Singh, a photojournalist based in Chandigarh who works for a major English daily, described how tough it was to go on assignment every day and come home in the evening, not knowing whether or not he was carrying Covid-19.
“Going out on assignment during the Covid-19 [pandemic] was very tough. In the back of my mind, I was constantly afraid of infecting my family. When I went home, I would make sure I didn’t run across any of my relatives “he said
He said that because of his old mother, he had to take additional measures while returning home.
“I didn’t see her for a long time because I was afraid I’d go out on missions and she’d become infected as a result of me,” he said.
According to Singh, photographers like him had no choice but to go out and take photos on the ground.
“I went to the hospital many times to report on the tales. It was frightening at times, but there was no other choice “he said “Thanks to God, photographers were able to effectively bring out the tales on the ground regarding the epidemic,” he added.