To show the effects of infec­tious dis­eases to the world, pho­tog­ra­phers have been among those in close prox­im­i­ty to out­breaks. As the num­ber of coro­n­avirus cas­es con­tin­ues to rise glob­al­ly, and the year-and-a-half-long Ebola out­break in the Democratic Republic of Congo final­ly comes to a close, cov­er­ing these health emer­gen­cies is both essen­tial and dan­ger­ous. From the prac­ti­cal to the con­cep­tu­al, can we as pho­tog­ra­phers tell these sto­ries, dri­ve impact, and min­i­mize risk both for our­selves and our sub­jects? We wel­come guest expert Dr. Jenell Stewart, Infectious Diseases fel­low at the University of Washington, to join pho­tog­ra­ph­er Nichole Sobecki on this dis­cus­sion.

This lec­ture was orig­i­nal­ly host­ed at VII Interactive, a new resource for shar­ing insights and infor­ma­tion on the craft of visu­al sto­ry­telling. We are build­ing dif­fer­ent plat­forms with­in the VII ecosys­tem, where the pub­lic can engage direct­ly, online with a live instruc­tor. VII Interactive offers pro­gram­ming that is free and avail­able to every­one, in addi­tion to paid class­es and indi­vid­ual men­tor­ing that can be fash­ioned to your needs.