Opening spread of Viral Images, an essay on the role of photography in reporting on COVID-19, first published in The Caravan. The essay was prompted by the trolling received by various photographers reporting on India’s brutal second wave, calling them “vultures” and “feasting on the dead.” Beyond COVID-19, it looks at other instances where images have created political tension such as burial of truth in caste crimes and Kashmiri photojournalists being awarded the Pulitzer prize.
Tanvi Mishra works with images as a photo editor, curator, and writer, based in New Delhi, India. Among her interests are South Asian visual histories, peoples’ movements as well as the notion of fiction in photography, particularly in the current political landscape. Until recently, she was the Creative Director of The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture published out of Delhi. She is part of the photo-editorial team of PIX, a South Asian publication and display practice. She works as an independent curator and has been part of the curatorial teams of Photo Kathmandu, Delhi Photo Festival as well as the upcoming BredaPhoto Biennial in 2022. Her writing on photography has been published in various platforms including Aperture, FOAM and The Caravan. She has served on multiple juries, including World Press Photo, Hindu Photojournalism Awards and the Catchlight grant. She has also been a mentor for the Women Photograph program and is part of the first international advisory board of World Press Photo.