Scopio publishes the only photo book of the global pandemic told through the eyes of underrepresented communities


LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Scopio, a photography storytelling platform and the first NFT marketplace founded by women, is pleased to announce the release of The Year Time Stopped: The Global Pandemic in Photos.

Published by HarperOne/HarperCollins and curated by Scopio CEO Christina Hawatmeh and co-founder Nour Chamoun, the award-winning compendium of 200 photos offers an in-depth examination of 2020 through the eyes of over 100 photographers worldwide. Together, Scopio produced a free audio book on YouTube and Spotify to make the stories more accessible. In it, each photographer tells the story of the photo in the book.

Beginning with the theme ‘Alone’ and ending with ‘Together’, the book’s stunning images provide a historical record. His photos highlight the human toll – a California airport turned parking lot for hundreds of grounded planes; Mourners in Jakarta; Empty Times Square in New York City, which is usually teeming with thousands of tourists – and will continue with other events in 2020: protests for Black Lives Matter; and Bogota, Colombia, where street vendors faced pandemic bans and fought back by attempting to burn down the police station. Humanity is seen up close: neighbors cheer on health workers in Spain, worshipers on social distancing in Nigeria and Ecuadorian women dance in traditional costume.

The book concludes with a message of hope: “We were not alone during the pandemic. Technology allowed us to capture rich imagery and our shared experience like never before. The pandemic has exposed many truths, including deep-seated injustice. Social movements simmered. The world was connected like never before,” said Hawatmeh.

The book has received critical acclaim to date, earning the #1 release on Amazon in photojournalism and photo history. The images can be purchased as NFTs or as a historical moment on OpenSea. Christina Hawatmeh is available for lectures as part of the book tour.

About Scopio:

Scopio is a photography-focused storytelling platform where anyone can share and sell images from around the world. As the first NFT marketplace founded by women, its goal is to elevate human stories told by people from underrepresented communities and regions. Scopio aims to spread the images of the world so that they become important historical documentation. Scopio is also the first platform to pay its artists in cash or crypto.

More about the authors here.


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