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Josh Bernaski's avatar Josh Bernaski

The #WhyIMask campaign launched on July 28, 2020 in participation with photographers nationwide. On that day, the United States COVID-19 death toll reached 150,000 - exactly 150 days since our country's first death. To raise awareness, promote mask wearing, and continue sharing #WhyIMask stories, I started #150masks - a campaign to offer 150 mask portraits for free across Chicagoland. Unexpectedly, the project evolved into a joyful celebration of life during a devastating and challenging time in our world. The complete collection is available at www.jbernphoto.com/150masks. The above photos may be included, but the final collection for Art Prize is still to be determined. The collection will likely be a set of 10-15 framed prints from #150masks, and each print will have an accompanying description label which will share the participant's #WhyIMask story included in their original post. It is possible a digital display may also be added to share the full collection in a slide show.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: TBD
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: TBD
  • Year created: 2020
  • Height: TBD