Photographers capture America at the polls

Yesterday was an historic day for US politics and The New Yorker’s photographers were there to document it
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Photo Darcy Padilla
Photo Darcy Padilla

In his speech following his win in the US Election 2012, Barack Obama said "I want to thank every American who participated in this election...whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that," he added. "Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference."

 

Photo Andrea Bruce Noor
Photo Andrea Bruce Noor

 

And who were those people out pounding the streets, standing in line? The New Yorker has put together some of the best photographs from yesterday, the day the American public voted Obama back into the Whitehouse. Landon Nordeman photographs a mother and daughter as they canvas the streets of Denver, Colorado and tags being hung on the doors of voters who aren't at home.

 

Photo Chip Litherland
Photo Chip Litherland

 

In Portsmouth New Hampshire, Samantha Appleton and Chip Litherland photographed the graphic nature of placards held against blue skies, posters layered on campaign office walls and telephone callers making last minute attempts to get people to vote. While, Andrea Bruce and Peter van Agtmael photographed people waiting in line - the process which Obama said he must make better.

 

Photo Landon Nordeman
Photo Landon Nordeman

 

See all the photographs on the New Yorker site, here, and for more excellent news reportage, take a look at our books Questions Without Answers- The World in Pictures by the Photographers of VII - and Century - One Hundred Years of Human Progress, Regression, Suffering and Hope.

 

Photo Peter Van Agtmael
Photo Peter Van Agtmael


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