My senior year of college ended three weeks early as I rushed to finish school as soon as possible . I was due on the White House steps in late May, and it was such a scramble to wrap up loose ends. A lot of things went undone and plenty of words unsaid. But it was one of the best summers I ever had.
Here I am, one of the first weeks at the White House:
That was a taste of the summer.
Fall and Winter are next.
For many, 2009 was the last great rattle of a transformative decade. For my generation transformative is the only adjective that comes to mind that can adequately summarize the fear, the bitterness, the leaps forward, the leaps backward and the light at the end of the tunnel. If anything it was the ten years in which we were all going to grow up in anyway, it was by mere chance some of the greatest shifts in culture, politics and technology happened before our very eyes. This decade did something to the collective us, and 2009 was that last push, and for me it was certainly the most difficult, the most important and the most productive.
This is my year. I started 2009 unsure of where I was going to be, just trying to finish out my last year in school. Where I found myself though, was many places. These are some personal and mostly unpublished images from 2009.
Here’s part one.
More to come.
Stumbled on some bike polo in Chinatown on what will probably one of the last really nice days of the season. High 60s and sunny. Absolutely beautiful.
By several standards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Damon Winter is the best newspaper photographer working today. Besides pulling out beautiful portraits on a newspaper budget (he rarely even uses assistants) his images from the 2008 Presidential campaign were some of the most nuanced and unexpected images to come from that topic. He’s even had the time to produce a beautiful series of double exposures, capturing the overlapping moments and icons of New York City (above).
Online photo magazine Too Much Chocolate sits down with him for an interview.