Ebola Then and Now (or: 20 Years of Ebola, and the Change in Photography)

November 18, 2014 5:10 AM

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Ebola Then and Now (or: 20 Years of Ebola, and the Change in Photography)

With all the visual focus on Ebola, I was interested in looking at media photos of the outbreak today as compared to how the news photos of the story have looked over the past two decades. Although this was much more a quick excursion than a grand tour, what was as much or more interesting about the exercise however was the realization and appreciation of how much news photos have changed.

One thing to mention — because knowledge of history is so low and hysteria is always so high — is that Ebola isn’t either new or unusual. As mic.com points out, “there have been at least 33 outbreaks of Ebola since its discovery in 1976″ and “on average, an outbreak of the actual Ebola virus occurs ...

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