Pandemics are, by definition, global phenomena, but they are lived locally.
In association with a special issue on COVID-19, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have sponsored this exhibition documenting Baltimore’s experiences of the epidemic. The city is home to many fine photographers, and they offer us compelling visions of what lived experience has been like over the past several months. After an open call for submissions put out by co-curators Mary Fissell and Loren Ludwig, the distinguished Baltimore photojournalist J. M. Giordano served as juror to select the photographs included here. The winning photograph, by Caron Stewart, will be on the cover of the journal’s special issue, and that image, with the two runners-up, will be published as visual counterparts to the editors’ introduction.
All images are copyright of the artists.
Cover Photo Credit: [Detail of] “Mask on the Ground” by Michael Bielawa, 2020