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“D.C. Street Photographers Team Up for Unique Look at Trump Inauguration and Protests”

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 11:10 am 8 Comments

photo-credit-mukul-ranjan
Photo by Mukul Ranjan

From an email:

“A collective of Washington, D.C. street photographers will be out in force to document Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration as part of a planned photo book to be titled “UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People’s Response.”

“UnPresidented” will document the rally to thank President Barack Obama the day before the inauguration; the many activities and protests planned the day of the inauguration; and the Women’s March On Washington the day after the inauguration.

“We’re going strive to capture the spectrum of emotions unleashed on DC during the inauguration – defiance amidst celebration, the humor and absurdity that will abound and moments that give us hope and inspiration,” said Joe Newman, the book’s co-editor.

More than two-dozen photographers have signed on to the effort and organizers have launched an open call for submissions through FocusOnTheStory.com.

Ed. Note: You can contribute directly to their kickstarter here.

Million Mask March, November 5, D.C., in front of the White House
Photo by Victoria Pickering

“Washington, D.C.’s history of civic engagement and activism to make America better is both deep and poignant,” said Shamila Chaudhary, the book’s other co-editor. “We remember Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, suffragists in the era of Woodrow Wilson, and those who marched against the Vietnam War. We will also remember those who celebrated – and those who opposed – the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. This book is as much a photographic narrative of Washington, D.C. as it is a record of the deep divisions and changes underway in the United States.”

  • Smilla

    Thanks for highlighting this, PoP. I’m a supporter of this project. Love the idea, and it’s great to see that several PoPville contributors whose photos so often grace these pages are involved.

    • Anon

      Agree- I didn’t know about this, despite knowing (or at least knowing of) the photographers involved.

  • bruno

    As with the school students, I am not clear exactly what are they protesting? Is it a general I don’t like Trump thing, or something specific?

    • Smilla

      I’ll be protesting to show Trump, the GOP, the country, and the world that many many Americans are appalled by Trump and his bigotry, his criminal lack of ethics, and his vile policies. I can’t be silent when such a terrible person is about to become president. It would be akin to saying that I’m okay with the new administration and the (perceived) direction that this country is going.

      And yes, I voted.

    • dunning-kruger

      This is America they can protest his toupee and spray tan if they feel like it. What’s it to you?

      • bruno

        I’m not complaining, I’m just not clear what the specific objective is.

  • Hopeful

    This sounds like it’s going to be awesome. I’d love to see people put out Obama or Hillary posters in their windows to send a message to the out of towners coming next week.

    • Anon

      I work in Crystal City, and my office is directly across the street from a big chain hotel. If the quality of tourists that usually stay there are indication it will be a wildly popular spot with the Trump crowd. If I wasn’t out of town I would put a big protest sign in my window for everyone to see!

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