Photography Series: Naomi Harris

Naomi Harris / The First 100 Days

          Opening Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM    

Print exhibit opening and talk
Moderated by Vice photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom

On January 20th, the day Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America, I set out on a road trip around the country to coincide with his First 100 Days. The idea was to figure out how, when the polls and the media all said Hillary was going to win, did we end up with Trump as president instead. I wanted to talk to Americans – take their portraits – and find out how and why they voted.
 
While I called this project “First 100 Days” I could have just as easily called it “The Lesser of Two Evils” as I heard that expression countless times on this trip. For a multiplicity of reasons people just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary. When asked if the election had been between Trump and Bernie Sanders, the majority of Trump supporters I spoke with said they would have gone for Bernie.
 
America, I learned, is at a crossroads. We’re more divided than ever. What we need, above all else, is to listen to one another.
 
My intention is to go back out on the road again during Trump’s Last 100 Days…when that will actually be no one knows. 

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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