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February 4, 2009

Ground Zero 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 28:  Traders stand outside of the New York Stock Exchange after the Federal Reserve announced it would leave a key interest rate unchanged January 28, 2009 in New York City.The Dow was up close to 200 points in afternoon trading following the announcement.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

I find this image from Mario Tama particularly fitting given Obama’s crack down today on executives whose firms have been scoring bail-out dollars.

The photo was taken last week outside the NY Stock Exchange. The photo seems to capture what the Executive Branch is recognizing, which is the blasphemous contrast between what has been the bright and warm, thoroughly protected, gilded heart of American high finance as compared to the cold, empty and obstructed terrain outside.

(image: Mario Tama/Getty Images. January 28, 2009. New York)

About the Photographer

Mario Tama

Mario Tama has covered global events including September 11, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the funeral of Pope John Paul II and Hurricane Katrina - before, during and after the storm. His work on Baghdad’s orphans was exhibited at Visa Pour L’Image in France and his photographs from Hurricane Katrina were featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and newspapers worldwide. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island and won Cliff Edom's New America Award for his work in New Orleans. He has received numerous other honors from institutions including the White House News Photographers Association, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Pictures of the Year International, Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, China International Press Photo Contest, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images. Mario is based in New York City. See more of Mario's work for BagNews here.

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