Creative Quarantine: Photographer Jim Newberry

Jim Newberry

1. How are you holding up?

I’m doing fine, but my heart goes out to the people working on the front line; nurses, doctors, first-responders, grocery workers, delivery drivers, etc, and of course to those who have been sick or died from Covid-19. Also, I’m saddened by the murder last month of George Floyd, but inspired by the great number of passionate protests around the world. Seems like we hit a tipping point, and hopefully, meaningful changes will happen. 


Demonstrators at City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles, on May 1st, 2020 | © Jim Newberry


2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

My assignment work has slowed down due to (necessary)
social-distancing. One thing I’ve been doing with the extra time is
self-assigned photography and video work, including documenting
aspects of the pandemic in Los Angeles
, and the Black Lives Matter protests.


Demonstrators at City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles, on May 1st, 2020 | © Jim Newberry

Justice Now!, Pan Pacific Park | © Jim Newberry

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to
keep after this is over?

It’s great to hear reports of cleaner air and animals returning to
areas that were previously crowded with humans. Something I’ve been
reflecting on recently—and I hope to keep in mind when things get back
to normal—is to appreciate things we might otherwise take for granted:
like going to a movie or concert, a restaurant or bar; hugging close
friends when you see them; traveling on a bus or train or airplane
without fear of getting a potentially lethal disease.


Demonstrators at City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles, on May 1st, 2020 | © Jim Newberry

National Guard Soldier, Downtown Los Angeles | © Jim Newberry

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

I’ve been enjoying these Instagram accounts lately:
@comptoncowboys @gregory_jacobsen @agrapedope @supr.mrkt @christophermichaelhefner @sirjoancornella  @bobbakermarionettes @laluzdejesus @scarfolk
@rich.sparks


I started to film cityscapes in the Los Angeles area; my
initial idea was to document some of the effects of the pandemic, but
have broadened the scope a bit to include urban scenes that don’t have
to do with Covid-19.


Bio: Jim Newberry is a photographer from Chicago, now living in Los
Angeles. You can keep track of him on his website or Instagram. @jimnewberry