May 21, 2020
The new issue of TIME focuses on what it means to graduate during a pandemic.
The cover photo was shot by 23-year-old Hannah Beier, a member of Drexel University's Class of 2020. Her photos also appear alongside the cover story by Charlotte Alter.
According to TIME, Beier has been virtually photographing friends and classmates in quarantine across the country for the past five weeks. She's quoted in the magazine as describing her goal as "to portray personal and authentic moments that connect us beyond the commonality of living through a pandemic."
"She would call her friends via FaceTime and art direct the entire shoot: from scouting locations and setting up the subject’s camera with them to checking the back of the camera and reposing her friends until she was satisfied with the shot," explains TIME's article on the photographer.
The cover shot features Melissa Nesta and her boyfriend, Daniel Mosley, at home in Philadelphia. The special issue will go on sale Friday.
In the cover story, Alter examines how COVID-19 will shape the Class of 2020. She states, "For these young adults, the pandemic represents not just a national crisis but also a defining moment."
Jean Twenge, a psychologist and author who studies millennials and Gen Z, is also featured in the article telling TIME, "The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest cultural event since World War II. It’s going to have a huge impact on everyone, but young adults in particular."