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January 21, 2009

Our Man At The Parade/Inauguration Day 2009

What I like about Matt Lutton’s imagery, besides its serendipity, is how it gets beneath the cable news inauguration gloss that we are “all one.” These scenes reflect the joy and the spectical of the inauguration, but they do so without skimming over the fact that white and African-American culture is quite separate and distinct, and that life on the Washington streets, even on the most momentous of days, can still be gritty.

Photos taken along the parade route on Barack Obama’s inauguration day, January 20, 2009. © Matt Lutton for BAGnewsNotes.

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Michael Shaw

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