The Boston Press Photographer’s Association debuts the first outdoor exhibition in the organization’s 95-year history, featuring the award-winning images from the 2020 annual Pictures of the Year Contest. More than 100 photographs and stories by 40 photographers will be on view in Judge Gourdin Park in Nubian Square from June 7 through June 20. The images are displayed on ten separate six-foot by six-foot “photo cubes.”
The photographers represent a range of news organizations including Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Getty Images, Polaris Images, Reuters, WBUR and independent photographers.
2020 was a year that no one could have predicted, and the photojournalists of New England captured powerful images that speak to struggle, sorrow and hope. From the presidential election to the COVID-19 pandemic to renewed protests for racial and social equity, BPPA news photographers put themselves at risk to tell the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.
As illness spread and deaths mounted, individuals opened up their intimate lives so these photojournalists could show the larger public the impact of COVID-19 with unflinching and empathetic candor. The pandemic disproportionately affected Black, brown and immigrant communities, which brought an old and ugly reality back to the forefront. Racial injustice is not new, but this year brought it into sharp focus.