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Global press photo exhibition illustrates life during COVID-19

Entertainment 10:56 November 19, 2020

By Lee Minji

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Yonhap) -- An exhibition of press photos zooming in on life during the new coronavirus is set to begin at a Seoul museum next week, offering visitors a chance to see how the world is coping with the unprecedented pandemic, organizers said Thursday.

The exhibition, titled "At the Scenes of the Pandemic," features 120 photos taken by photographers at 47 news agencies around the world. It is scheduled to open at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in central Seoul on Tuesday, according to the organizers.

This photo, provided by Dave Hunt of the Australian Associated Press, shows a girl drawing and writing letters with chalk at a house in the Gold Coast. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Yonhap)

The exhibition, co-hosted by the national museum and Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's key newswire, is designed to share a message of hope and alliance during the bleak times.

The photos were curated into four themes: A Beginning Without an End; Control vs. Freedom; World in Standstill, Contact-free is New Norm; and Cooperation, Togetherness.

This photo, taken by Lim Hwa-young of South Korean newswire Yonhap News Agency, shows a health worker resting outside a hospital building in the southern city of Daegu. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This photo, provided by Juancho Torres of Turkish newswire Anadolu Agency, shows a student in Colombia wearing a handmade gas mask in class. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The photos taken in 70 cities around the world -- ranging from Prague to Marrakesh -- portray how people are living their lives and engaging in acts of care and devotion despite the risks of infection and death.

One photo, taken in the central South Korean city of Daegu, shows an exhausted health worker taking a rest, while another photo taken at a care home at the Spanish city of Valencia, shows an elderly mother and her son embracing through a plastic curtain.

"The exhibited photos confirm that humanity is in the same boat despite differences like country, region, ethnicity and religion. (We hope) this photo exhibition can help provide comfort and hope to everyone who is struggling through this difficult time," Choi Jang-heon, the museum's acting director, said in a release.

The exhibition, which is also available online (www.much.go.kr), ends on March 1. Admission is free.

This photo, provided by Biel Alino of Spanish newswire Agencia EFE, shows a mother and son embracing at a care home in Valencia, Spain. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap).
This image, provided by the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, shows the poster for the upcoming exhibition "At the Scenes of the Pandemic." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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