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Viral Images: Photographers Document Covid-19

These COVID-19 photos, taken by professional photographers around the world, document the strangeness of life during the coronavirus quarantine.

Learn | By Tania Braukamper | Last Updated: February 21, 2023

Look around you. Regardless of where you are in the world, things have probably changed a lot in a short space of time.

We stand in a physically distanced queue outside the supermarket. The silent streets feel like the set of a post-apocalyptic film.

We miss hugging our friends. We spend way too much time in our pyjamas.

This is life in lockdown. Behind it, one tiny virus – invisible to the naked eye.

With so much strangeness and uncertainty happening around the world right now, we think it’s important to keep taking photos, keep creating, and keep sharing a little bit of our experience with each other.

Because sharing promotes understanding. And documenting historical moments allows us to look back as a way to move forward.

That’s why we asked professional photographers around the world to contribute their photos of life during the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Here’s what they shared.

Leah Phillips | Lonely Coney Island | Brooklyn, USA

Mark Forbes | Beautiful Solitude | Unknown

Ivan Joshua Loh | Supermarket | Singapore

When Singapore raised the COVID status up a notch, everyone went into panic mode. Every supermarket was swept clean.

Ivan Joshua Loh | Migrant workers all mask up as they continue with their daily work | Singapore

Markus Anderson | Desolate Carpark | West Sydney, Australia

Julian Kanz | Supermarket | Italy

Markus Hofstaetter | Wet Collodion print | Austria

James Day | Social distancing during the wedding reception | Sydney University, Australia

Eduardo Teixeira de Sousa | Street Walk | Lisbon, Portugal

Bill Hatcher | Uluru National Park | Uluru, Australia

The Park began free admission 17 March to attract tourist to this remote location. A week later Indigenous elders and park officials decided to close the park to protect local communities from COVID-19.

Sean Flanigan | A usually lively bar boarded up and closed for business | Tacoma, USA

Melissa Rey | Wedding | California, USA

The couple getting married with their officiant standing the required 6 ft away from them. Their quarantined neighbours decided to come watch too! Also pictured is In-N-Out by their feet as their reception dinner..

Viktoria Haack | Husband’s 14-day basement isolation post overseas travel | British Columbia, Canada

Paul Jarrett | Queues at the supermarket on Lockdown Day 4 | Cheshire, United Kingdom

Nathan Brayshaw | Theme Park | Dehli, India

For there to be no one anywhere in India is a strange sight, but all the more so at a normally crowded theme park.

Nathan Brayshaw | The historic Red Fort. Closed by the Prime Minister in order to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 | India

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Filipe Amorim | A worker disinfects a train | Lisbon, Portugal

Filipe Amorim | Priest | Bombarral, Portugal

Father Pedro Tavares celebrates Mass every day with the Church empty in the Parish of Roliça in Bombarral, Portugal.

Andy Withey | Customers queue for fish and chips while adhering to social distancing measures in Yorkshire | Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Melissa Haugen | Target | Northern California

Keith Moss | Whitby, United Kingdom

Whitby is normally packed with people all year round. It offers some of the best fish and chip shops in the country – most have won national awards. Now all shut.

Facundo Santana | Andorra

Michael Freas | Key West | Florida Keys, USA

Michael Freas | Key West | Florida Keys, USA

Ryan Lahiff | CVS Chemist | New York, USA

Ryan Lahiff | Times Square restaurant | New York, USA

Ryan Lahiff | New York, USA

The Charging Bull statue on Broadway in the financial district is usually swarming with tourists. the day I shot it I was the only person on the street. The face mask was added in Photoshop…

Ryan Lahiff | Field hospital tent in Central Park to help with overflow patients from nearby Mt Sinai Hospital | New York, USA

Ryan Lahiff | SoHo district’s high end fashion stores board their windows up for fear of looting | New York, USA

Lilla Szanto | Budapest, Hungary

Márcio Cabral | Brasilia, Brazil

Dallas & Sabrina | Typical huge lineups from grocery stores | Barcelona, Spain

Matte Hanna | Highway 101 | Oregon USA

Greg Carrick | Flinders Street Station | Melbourne, Australia

Greg Carrick | Laneway | Melbourne, Australia

Nikhol Esteras | Oaxaca, Mexico

Mother attaches QuedateEnCasa (Stay Home) signs on her car as her daughter looks on from her car seat, then drives around city blasting “La Cumbia Del Coronavirus” by Mister Cumbia, a local PSA of sorts.

Sara Lacuesta | London, United Kingdom

A woman looks in dismay how shelves are emptying of all essential medicines and cleaning products. Selfish panic buying has being widely spread worldwide and London is no exception.

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Rafa Lomba | The virus of fear | Braga, Portugal

Tsvetelina – Deliysky Studios | All the kids’ playgrounds are closed | Sofia, Bulgaria

Ole Marius Joergensen | Meanwhile in the waiting room | Asker, Norway

Don Springer  | Philadelphia, USA

Anita Gryz isolation during covid19 quarantine

Anita Gryz | Portrait in Quarantine | Münster, Germany

Leave us a comment below with how you’re keeping positive during these challenging times.

Stay strong!

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Tania Braukamper is an Australian-born writer who also loves to take pictures on her banged-up (yet surprisingly resilient) Canon 5D Mark III. She currently lives in Portugal.


  1. Jean Stephenson on April 27, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Wonderful photographs. Educational, interesting & beautifully done. Thank you.

  2. Annette Marquette on April 26, 2020 at 1:20 am

    What an amazing insight to the world while I’m not seeing it myself. Great job photographers on sharing the world with us. The Stay Home on Hwy 101 its priceless, Matte Hanna.

    • Matte Hanna on April 27, 2020 at 4:38 am

      Thanks Annette, thanks for caring and giving time to check our how people are capturing the changes we are all going through. <3

  3. Valorie Meeuwsen on April 25, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Great photos. My favorite is the shot of Highway 101 in Oregon by Matte Hanna. Such an excellent photographer. He has that instinct that helps him capture the intensity, the beauty, or the message with his camera.

    • Matte Hanna on April 27, 2020 at 4:42 am

      Thanks for looking at how photography is being captured globally in this moment, we all thank you. <3

  4. Bill Mayeran on April 15, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Can’t really go out to shoot. Evidently, according to law enforcement, photographic documentation is NOT an essential service.

  5. CHASSE SAUVAGE Photography on April 14, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    It’s very strange to see how social distancing affects other countries. It’s a lesson to be learned from this adventure and I think the world will change radically after this. #staysafe

    • Matte Hanna on July 28, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      So haunting. I would like to see another photo essay come Jan 2021. Mark?

  6. Sandra Sanders on April 14, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Stay home!! Don’t go out to take photos!!

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