Town Halls, From the Photographer’s Perspective

Political discourse has turned ugly in America, and it’s more of the same with the current health care debate. Rather than accepting our system is broken and championing change in any form, certain people like to cling to destructive myths and wild misinformation to fuel their own anger and sense of oppression. At least that’s my take. 

The Columbia Journalism Review has an interesting interview with New York Times photographer Damon Winter, who won the Pulitzer this year for his work covering the then-Senator Obama’s campaign for the presidency.

Winter took this photo of an angry man at a town hall meeting this week in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and he talks about his role at events like this – among other things, avoiding creating caricatures and staying calm among the fray.

Article via Columbia Journalism Review

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2 Responses to “Town Halls, From the Photographer’s Perspective”


  1. 1 Jake Stichler August 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    It still boggles my mind how much this meeting is making it around the national headlines. I would’ve liked to be there, as it’s only a few blocks away, but was busy sleeping for work. The work that pays has to trump the photography that doesn’t.

  2. 2 DT August 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “Rather than accepting our system is broken and championing change in any form, certain people like to cling to destructive myths and wild misinformation to fuel their own anger and sense of oppression.”

    Change is not automatically good, or better than what existed before. Maybe you should actually read the bill before being a champion for change. I’ve read as much of it as I can stomach, and I understand why people are screaming mad at town hall meetings. It’s horrible bill that will create a worse system which will lead to more suffering. Is that the change you want?


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