He intended to make an impact and he has succeeded. The cover page of the
The New York Times
This Sunday, perhaps the most prestigious newspaper in the world, leaves no one indifferent and has made a fortune on social networks. The huge sheet with the names of 1,000 victims of the coronavirus in the US it is a tribute to the more than 100,000 that the country is about to exceed. A commemoration of such a “disastrous milestone.”
Under the title “Deaths in the United States are approaching 100,000, an incalculable loss,” the newspaper explains that “they were not simply names on a list”, but “ourselves.” The rest of the cover are names, a number indicating the age and a brief biographical reference of the victims.
Within the newspaper the list goes on, intertwined with an essay by Dan Barry, reporter and columnist for the ‘Times’. But above all there are names and more names, victims of the coronavirus, with which we try to give an approximate dimension of the tragedy.
The diary explains how he came up with the idea. Simone Landon, assistant editor of the graphics department, explains that “both among us and surely in the general public, there is some fatigue in the face of data”, but they were looking for a “way to deal with that number” of deaths that is hopelessly approaching at 100,000. “Putting 100,000 dots or stick figures on a page doesn’t say much about who these people were, the lives they lived, what all of this means to us as a country,” says Landon. So he came up with the idea of compiling obituaries and obituaries of Covid-19 victims published in newspapers large and small in the United States, and selecting vivid fragments of them.
Two ideas stood out for the cover of the newspaper: a grid with hundreds of images of those who lost their lives due to the coronavirus or a “typographic” concept. Under the premise of “invading the entire page”, the second option was finally chosen, considering that it would be “enormously dramatic”.