- The Library of Congress is inviting Flickr users across the US to submit images documenting their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic for inclusion in its permanent collections.
- The agency wants to assemble a “diverse collection” of images to help future generations understand the impact of COVID-19 on American life.
- Since announcing the project on September 9, the Library of Congress has received over 450 submissions depicting everything from a boarded-up Gucci store to a teddy bear wearing a face mask.
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The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered American life, and the Library of Congress wants to document it.
Over the past several months, the government agency has been working with nationally recognized photographers and artists to document aspects of the pandemic; now, it’s inviting all Flickr users in the US to submit photos of their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic for inclusion in its permanent collections.
“It’s time to represent many more parts of the country and many more aspects of the pandemic,” Helena Zinkham, chief of the Library of Congress Prints And Photographs Division, wrote in the project announcement on September 9.
“Please help us create a diverse collection that can assist future generations in understanding the impacts of COVID-19,” she added.
In order to have their images considered for inclusion, Flickr users must join the Library of Congress’ “COVID-19 American Experiences” online group. Users can submit up to five images (either photographs or graphic artworks) representing how pandemic has impacted their life, community, or the US at large, the government agency writes on the group page.
“Examples of topics include, but are not limited to: pictures related to protective measures, online birthday parties, street scenes, distance learning, panic buying, lost jobs and new kinds of jobs, child care and elder care, etc. along with expressions of anxiety and sorrow, hope and humor,” Flickr Community Manager Leticia Roncero wrote in a community post.
By submitting images, users grant the Library of Congress permission to add the images to its permanent collections as well as display on its website and Library of Congress Flickr account, the agency explains. Library of Congress editors will review all submissions and select standout images for inclusion in the group photo pool.
Since the project launched three days ago, nearly 450 images have been featured by the Library of Congress editors. Here are seven of the most captivating submissions so far: