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The America We Elected

Gwenaelle Gobe

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Produced by: Gwenaelle Gobe

tags: Inauguration, Obama, 2013, Washington, D.C., Election, Voters, Community, Diversity, Hope, Change, Street, Photography, Documentary, Crowds, Rally, America, President, History

On January 21st, hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled to Washington D.C. for President Obama's second Inauguration. I was among them to celebrate the event. Here are some of the people I met. These photos follow a set I took at the first Inauguration in 2009 as well as photos I took on the election night in November; I plan to continue attending every Inauguration in the future in order to document the type of people who gather for this event. I call the series "The America We Elected" because I am interested in focusing on the faces of the people in the crowd rather than the main spectacle shown in the media; it is interesting to think about how the faces would be different given a different outcome in the election. For instance, we are looking at radiantly happy people and strangers bonding together with a shared sense of hope, but we can imagine alternate situations where the people I would have encountered might have been angry protestors, or just entirely different demographics of the population. The main thrust of the project is to capture reality as it is and present this little seen aspect to a larger audience. The photos are unmanipulated, spontaneous, and captured on film by a Rolleiflex camera.


Seriously amazing work. It's so refreshing to see such an historic event
documented from this level - a raw and in-the-moment tribute the
people who made it possible. Exceptional photography and an amazing
documentary perspective! Thank you!