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January 21, 2009

Alan Chin From The Inauguration: First Draft Of History

What I find wonderful about Alan Chin’s inauguration photos is how they seem to inject historical distance. At the same time the public is imbued with the freshness, energy, confidence, talent and vision of the Obama presidency, these images seem to ask: How will this week stand the test of time? And, what are the longer-range prospects for all the enthusiasm?

…And then, if this feels like only a brief taste, here is the extended show of Alan’s inaugural coverage.

(images ©Alan Chin/Washington, January 2009)

About the Photographer

Alan Chin

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, and throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. In the US, Alan has explored the South, following the historic trail of the civil rights movement and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, covered multiple presidential campaigns, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek/Daily Beast and The New York Times, a member of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), and an editor at You can see all Alan's posts for BagNews here.

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