COVID-19: The magazine you’re not supposed to read

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Photographer Craig Mathieson’s trip to northern Pakistan for a COVID-18 expedition yielded powerful images. His journey now reveals unexpected new hotspots. This time, he’s traveling in a truck similar to the COVID-18 to cover a burgeoning Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. He explains what he’s finding with CNN’s Fabio Palmigiani.

Each case detailed in the second edition of COVID-19, a photographic endeavor by photographer Craig Mathieson, was an amazing encounter with a unique slice of the world.

But the second edition of the series, released this week, also highlights previously unpublished images, while also bringing back compelling views from the first edition.

Coverage of the Vietnam War was particularly rich in this edition, and the photographer revisited some of his all-time favorite subjects.

“I hope they prove to be inspirational,” he said. “There is a grain of truth in every one of them and it’s really important to remember and treasure the moments in our lives that define them. As far as I’m concerned, people do not truly understand themselves or the world until they look back on a life and realize there are times when you let you vulnerabilities allow yourself to be vulnerable.

“No way does this earth or earth ever really understand who you are or what you did.”

The second edition, which has four in-depth case studies and eight standalone images, is a timely effort from Mathieson, who was in northern Pakistan as a CPID-18 expedition photographer last year. The new edition reveals an increasing number of new hotspots, from Syrian refugee camps to the brink of war in the Middle East and conflict in the Horn of Africa.

One of the more memorable documents from the first edition was a reconstruction of a potential surveillance drone, similar to the those used by the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan. This is part of the Col, C-19 project, with the story being the same as in last year’s edition.

“It was about the government watching and surveilling,” Mathieson said. “To me, it was about the dangerous government machinery of surveillance, which is bigger than we need to look. It was about citizens not being able to handle the masses of information that were being pinged at a frequency they knew nothing about.”

Alina Terich

Mathieson said that unlike in previous editions of the COVID-19 series, readers now get to see more pictures from parts of the world where he and his crew are not currently traveling.

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