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May 12, 2020: zReportage Issue #736:: THE NEW NORMAL, by Pulitzer Prize winners and Sacramento Bee Senior Staff Photographers, Renée C. Byer and Paul Kitagaki Jr. ..The dynamic ZUMA Press photo-journalist couple, whose prolific story telling shows the daily rollercoaster human side of this pandemic. Tensions have risen as the statewide shutdown continues, with local leaders in rural and suburban areas calling for an end to shelter-in-place and to its' unsettling economic havoc. ..California, first state to do a full on mandatory stay-at-home order, started March 19, 2020 with Gov. Newsom's Executive Order N-33-20. To slow, COVID-19 virus by instituting social distancing. Majority of Californians are trying to abide by the Governor's edict. Unemployment has soared to record heights. As a minority and very passionate group, amongst them, anti-vaxxers, resent the lack of freedom. Renee and Paul show their community with elegance and depth, what is happening, daily. Sharing what others are not seeing, especially in a time where going out in public is verbotten. Welcome to The New Normal.
© STORY OF THE WEEK: May 12, 2020: zReportage Issue #736:: THE NEW NORMAL, by Pulitzer Prize winners and Sacramento Bee Senior Staff Photographers, Renée C. Byer and Paul Kitagaki Jr. ..The dynamic ZUMA Press photo-journalist couple, whose prolific story telling shows the daily rollercoaster human side of this pandemic. Tensions have risen as the statewide shutdown continues, with local leaders in rural and suburban areas calling for an end to shelter-in-place and to its' unsettling economic havoc. ..California, first state to do a full on mandatory stay-at-home order, started March 19, 2020 with Gov. Newsom's Executive Order N-33-20. To slow, COVID-19 virus by instituting social distancing. Majority of Californians are trying to abide by the Governor's edict. Unemployment has soared to record heights. As a minority and very passionate group, amongst them, anti-vaxxers, resent the lack of freedom. Renee and Paul show their community with elegance and depth, what is happening, daily. Sharing what others are not seeing, especially in a time where going out in public is verbotten. Welcome to The New Normal.
RILEY FLYNN, 16, of Rocklin, was posing in her prom dress when her dog BARLEY decided to join in. Flynn, a junior at Rocklin High School, joins many high schoolers who are disappointed to miss the life experience at the prom as all events have been canceled due to the coronavirus for the remainder of the school year.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
California Highway Patrol Officers wearing riot helmets and medical masks, move protesters back at the Capitol in Sacramento. The demonstrators are against California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order which is intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol on Friday, against Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Demonstrators demanded to end of stay-at-home orders and pushed for the reopening of schools and businesses. Several protesters were detained during the rally.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
MARIO DORANTES and OMAR HERRERA lift weights at Future Fitness in Yuba City during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, hair saloons and gyms in Yuba and Sutter counties are reopening ahead of the governor's permission to do so.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Protesters demonstrate at the Capitol in Sacramento against California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Police officers stop and wait to finish clearing the Capitol grounds for a young mother AMBER BEASLEY, of Sacramento finish breast feeding her four-month-old daughter BAILEY, near the West Steps of the State Capitol. Officers from the California Highway Patrol were detaining and arresting protestors without a protest permit. The demonstration was part of ReOpen USA and California. May Day Labor protest against the State Quarantine Mandate, stay-at-home order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Beasley and her baby where not detained, but were escorted away to nearby to L Street.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Cosmetologists MICHELLE HARRIS cuts RICKY RAMIREZ, 54, of Sacramento hair at Rockabetty's in Yuba City during the coronavirus pandemic. Ramirez drove up from Sacramento to get his first haircut in two month when he heard the beauty shops where open to cut hair. Restaurants, hair saloons and gyms in Yuba and Sutter counties are reopening ahead of the governor's permission to do so.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
A protester is arrested at the Capitol in Sacramento on May Day, while demonstrating against California Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
After hearing a confession, Father MICHAEL O'REILLY disinfects the chair at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, during the coronavirus pandemic. He doesn't let parishioners touch the door handle these days.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Organic farmer TRINI CAMPBELL of Riverdog Farm in Guida stands is one of her collard greens fields during the coronavirus pandemic. Riverdog Farm works 450 acres of land in the Capay Valley and her company has had four-fold increase in sale of the CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes of fresh produce as her restaurants sales have diminished.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
TARA THORNTON of the Freedom Angels holds an olive tree for law enforcement officers with Pastor TIM THOMPSON during a protest at the State Capital in Sacramento during the coronavirus pandemic.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
ANNETTE ROTD waves the American flag as her husband, JAY, drives down N Street during a demonstration at the Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, May Day, against Governor Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
UC Davis infectious disease med student ANNICA STULL-LANE, center, listens to a women who goes by the name of LOVELY with KIM LAU, left, a Cal Northstate medical student, while they passed out masks and provided medical care to a homeless encampment in Sacramento. These are about 23 UC Davis and Cal Northstate students who started offering medical services to the homeless about 3 weeks ago.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
ALLIE ARREDONDO, 20 , of Yuba City, wears a mask while shopping for running shoes at Journeys store in the Yuba-Sutter Mall during the coronavirus pandemic. This is her first shopping outing beside getting groceries.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
ERIN FOX, a multi purpose clerk who works mostly in the butcher block area of Save Mart Supermarkets practices social distancing in the break room as she watches Governor Newsom during a coronavirus press conference in East Sacramento. 'I was hoping he would announce this was over and we could all go back to normal,' she said. 'Even our employees practice social distancing on break sitting six feet apart,' said Victoria Castro, communications director for Save Mart.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Cashier PAUL WATKINS, right, adjusts his mask behind a safety shield at Save Mart supermarket while waiting for KYLIE LENZI, service specialist, left, cleans the counter between customers in East Sacramento during the coronavirus pandemic.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Customers sit apart wearing face masks waiting for their manicure at Nail Tech in the Yuba-Sutter Mall in Yuba City during the coronavirus pandemic.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
ZHEN WAN of YW Massage wears gloves, a face mask and a clear plastic face mask as he massages a customer at the Yuba-Sutter Mall in Yuba City during the coronavirus pandemic.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
LOVE CURES ALL! Little KONNER HOFF, 7, snuck under the police barrier and tried to give his heart sign to a CHP officer but the officer didn't take it or the olive plant left by protesters on the Capitol grounds on Thursday. Protesters were rallying against Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home order during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
A protester is arrested at the Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, May Day, while demonstrating against Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
© Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
RED, WHITE & BLUE: JESSIE ROSE, 8, of Cameron Park, rides in car, holding an American flag, with her parents as demonstrators drives around the California Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, to protest the state's stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Back window has ReOpen California sign in window.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./ZUMA Wire
Waitress JOHNNIE OVERTIRE walks past Tony and Rosa Vega as they enjoy their first sit-down meal since the stay-at-home order at Lambert House Cafe in Yuba City during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, hair saloons and gyms in Yuba and Sutter counties are reopening ahead of the governor's permission to do so.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr/The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
APRIL THORNBROUGH takes a 16th birthday celebration photo of her daughter, DESTINY ROGERS, on the Tower Bridge during the coronavirus pandemic in Sacramento.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via ZUMA Wire
Just another work day in THE NEW NORMAL, for The Sacramento Bee senior staff photo-journalists and wife and husband, RENÉE C. BYER and PAUL KITAGAKI JR. cover protesters demonstrating at the Capitol in Sacramento on Friday, May 1, against Gov. G. Newsom's stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
© Paul Kitagaki Jr./ZUMA Wire
Renée C. Byer :: zReportage Photo

Renée C. Byer is an American documentary photojournalist best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Byer’s ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and made her a Pulitzer finalist in 2013. Renée has covered local, national, and international stories for The Sacramento Bee since 2003. Renée work has been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and on websites worldwide and was the basis for a 2009 TEDx Tokyo talk that received a standing ovation. Renée’s most recent book project “Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor,” invites you to help put an end to global poverty. Renée traveled to 10 countries on four continents to report on this story, with a forward by the Dalai Lama. The book has won numerous accolades worldwide, including the IPA’s First Place for a Documentary book. Byer’s reportage is proudly represented by ZUMA Press and been featured in award winning zReportage.com a record ten times, as well as DOUBLEtruck Magazine. When not on assignment, Renée can be found sharing her passion for photography at lectures and workshops worldwide. Renée C. Byer lives in Sacramento, California, USA.:736



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