Gaia Squarci is a photographer and cinematographer who divides her time between Milan and New York, where she teaches multimedia at ICP (International Center of Photography). She’s a contributor of Prospekt agency and Reuters. With a background...
Gaia Squarci is an Italian documentary photographer based in Milan and New York City. Ebony Kinch, who brings food to patients at Woodhull Hospital, poses for a portrait in front of the hospital. Kinch told me about the day she had to feed patients in the ER. “I’ve never seen nothing like that. I had to call out sick the next day. It was like a movie that I watched. I walk into the emergency room and everybody is laying down, looking half-dead. It was flooded, people in the gurneys, people in chairs. Everybody is at home watching the news. They don't see what I see. This has been one of the toughest times besides me growing up”. Brooklyn, New York City. The production of this photograph has been supported by Cortona On the Move and the Covid19 Visual Project.
Gaia Squarci is an Italian documentary photographer based in Milan and New York City.
Theodore. East River Park, New York City. Theodore might be 7 or 8 years old. I’d like to be able to see this crisis through his eyes for a moment. To guess which blurry memories, perhaps a couple of sharp moments, will stay with him in his adult life. Theodore plays in silence on a tree that seems to be carved around him. When I start shooting he closes his eyes and stops moving for a while. I wonder how he imagines the photograph in his head, at the very moment it’s taken. The production of this photograph has been supported by Cortona On the Move and the Covid19 Visual Project.
Gaia Squarci is an Italian documentary photographer based in Milan and New York City. Pastor Juan Carlos Ruiz is photographed at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City. Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Ruiz earned a reputation as a human-rights advocate and tireless fighter for the undocumented community during the lockdown. He has being helping the ones in need by organizing food distributions at his church, arranging for discounted burials and for the transportation of ashes, receiving calls for help directly on his mobile phone. “It was like a war had started” he told New Yorker journalist Jonathan Blitzer. This photograph was commissioned by The New Yorker Magazine
Church members wait for others to start a meeting to create a cooperative of construction workers within their group, to face the lack of jobs caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City.
Gaia Squarci. April 27, 2020. Arghavan Salles, bariatric surgeon from California who volunteered to come to New York City to help during the Covid-19 health crisis, is photographed at the end of a work day in her hotel room in Park Slope. Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Crosses of people who died of Covid-19 are seen on the front lawn of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City. Many more have been taken home by the families. Gaia Squarci for the New Yorker