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NEWSP_090808_02.JPG: 2009 Feature:
After nearly two years of campaigning, the candidate who would become the first black U.S. president was making his final push for votes. Damon Winter of The New York Times had been photographing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama on and off for months, taking tens of thousands of pictures. Winter had been on the campaign trail so often that he could recite Obama's stump speech himself. So he knew something special was happening when the candidate showed up an hour early to a cold, rain-soaked rally at Widener University in Chester, Pa., and began to give a rousing address.
"I was excited. I just shot frame after frame after frame. I just knew there was going to be a really good image that came out of that," Winter said. "He looked very strong, and kind of defiant. ... He sort of embraced the moment, reveled in toughing out the nasty weather."
One week later, Obama was elected president.
NEWSP_090808_15.JPG: 2009 Breaking News:
After the Storm:
In August and September 2008, the small Caribbean nation of Haiti, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, was devastated by four back-to-back tropical storms and hurricanes. After Tropical Storm Hanna hit, Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald caught a United Nations helicopter into the mid-size city of Gonaives, which had been almost completely flooded.
"I thought, 'Oh, my God. How can they recover?' " Farrell said. "People were just walking around in a daze and didn't fully grasp what had happened to them."
Everywhere Farrell looked, Haitians were trying to salvage what they could. One naked, mud-caked boy was trying to rescue a damaged baby stroller from the muck. "Like pretty much everybody, he had lost everything," Farrell said. "To me, it relays the struggle, the aftermath of the storm, but it also kind of [makes you ask], 'Why?' "
By the time the storms ended, nearly 800 Haitians had lost their lives and more than a million were left homeless.
NEWSP_090808_25.JPG: 2002 Breaking News: World Trade Center Attack
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year:
Niagara Falls, NY,
New York City,
Civil War Trust conferences in Gettysburg, PA and Springfield, IL, and
my 4th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles, Yosemite, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.
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