Donald J. Trump’s America was born on Inauguration day in a loud, angry, spasm that left storefronts shattered, a black stretch limo ablaze and public property destroyed in a several block area in the middle of the U.S. Capital.
Cops and protestors clashed, with riot police engaging the crowd with flash bang grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray. That was only part of the story, though. Throughout the day, peaceful demonstrations shut down streets and security checkpoints, as tens of thousands of Americans sent a message to their new president.
Meanwhile, his supporters were just as fervent, albeit in much smaller numbers than the inaugurations of his predecessor.
But it was a sea of pink knitted hats that engulfed the city in a warm, healing embrace the day after the inauguration as hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets to send a message of hope, inspiration and, yes, resistance to the divisive, sexist and fear mongering politics that marked Trump’s candidacy.
Many of DC's top street photographers joined together to document the inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the people’s response.
Our book, which was successfully funded in less than four days, will capture the raw emotion that flowed through the nation's capital, both in celebration and protest of Trump's ascendancy to the most powerful and important job in the world.
While some of the images from the three days of the inauguration will surely upset you, those are images that need to be seen and shared. But we also believe there will be just as many moments that will inspire you and give you hope.
If you came to town for the inauguration to participate in the Women's March on Washington or any of the other anti-inauguration events, or if you were only here in spirit, this is the book that will remind you what the fight is about.
"Un-Presidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People's Response" will be a high-quality, hard cover art book filled with powerful black-and-white street photography.
It will be 8.5 by 11 inches and printed on premium. We expect the final book to have between 100 and 150 pages pages laid out in horizontal perspective.
We anticipate shipping the book out by the end of March or beginning of April 2017.
Shamila Chaudhary is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in The Washington Post as well as local media outlets and galleries in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Currently, she is a Senior South Asia Fellow at the Washington D.C.-based New America think tank and also a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where she oversees special projects, communications, marketing, institutional planning, and strategic initiatives. Her work is regularly cited and published in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, the New York Times and she has frequently appeared on CNN, BBC News America, NPR, and Fox News, CCTV, and other outlets. She also has twelve years of experience working in the U.S. government, most recently at the White House as Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan on the National Security Council from 2010-2011.
Joe Newman is an award-winning journalist and photographer. He blogs about photography on the Huffington Post and is the editor of the photography websites, Focus on the Story and DC Focused. He was a winner in Exposed DC's 2016 spring show, Exposed DC's InstantDC Open Call in 2014 and Foto DC's 2015 Faces of DC competition. He leads photography workshops in Cuba and was recently published in a collaborative photo book, "Cuba: Seven in 10." Before starting Cosmic Smudge Media in 2016, he directed media strategy at the Project On Government Oversight. Prior to moving to DC, he spent many years as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times and Palm Beach Post. At the Sentinel, he directed news coverage at the paper's largest bureau before joining the paper's Enterprise Reporting Team, where he won awards for his coverage of Florida's shifting demographics, urban design (or lack thereof), and the state's threatened environment.
Risks and challenges
This is the first book that Cosmic Smudge Media will publish, so there is a learning curve along the way and some inexperience dealing with printers. However, we are carefully vetting printers and are considering several that have great reputations in the industry for producing high-quality photo books.
While there's always the risk that some significant breaking news happens that we won't be in position to document, with more than 20 photographers spread throughout the city, we feel confident our book will be an accurate record of the events surrounding the Trump inauguration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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