© Damon Winter. Above: March 6. Charlotte, NC. Joe Biden speaks to the crowd on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center/Time Warner Cable Arena.
The exhibit “Politics in Play” presents three very distinct styles of campaign photography by Damon Winter, Lauren Fleishman, & Ricardo Cases. Looked at side by side, their three approaches can serve as vibrant shorthand for some of the messages, stances, and moods of this election. With his dramatic capturing of shadows and light, Damon conveys the staged aspects of the process. At the other end of the spectrum, Ricardo’s pictures, strobed and super-bright, play on an idealized—even neutralized—vision of America, replete with blue skies, perfect white teeth, and success within reach. And Lauren’s photos, shot in black and white, lend a classic, timeless feel to their unscripted moments. Expectations are in check for November 6th; perhaps, latent in this rich imagery, are portents for that day’s results. – courtesy Anna Van Lenten
Damon Winteris a staff photographer for The New York Times. Lauren Fleishman is a freelance photographer. She followed the 2012 Romney campaign for Time magazine. Ricardo Cases is a freelance photographer who covered the Republican primary in Florida for Time.
“Politics in Play” will be on view at The Half King in New York City. Join the opening night discussion with Paul Moakley (deputy photo editor at Time) & Cornelius Schmid (picture editor at The New York Times) on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7:30pm.
© Ricardo Cases. January 29. Florida. A Newt Gingrich supporter dons her political flair at a rally for the candidate.
© Damon Winter. March 6. Charlotte, NC. Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs wore a home-made Obama dress as she navigated the Convention Center on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center/Time Warner Cable Arena.
© Damon Winter. August 15. East Davenport, IA. President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event in East Davenport, Iowa during a three-day campaign bus tour of Iowa.
© Ricardo Cases. January 27. Delray Beach, FL. Buttons at a Gingrich rally at the Republican Jewish Coalition.
© Lauren Fleishman. August 18. Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Mitt Romney allows Magan Munson, finance director for the Romney for President campaign, and a co-worker, pass onto the plane after a fund-raiser in Martha’s Vineyard.
© Lauren Fleishman. March 6. Boston, MA. Mitt Romney supporters at a Super Tuesday event at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.
© Damon Winter. August 28. Tampa, FL. Paul Ryan does a walk-through on stage with staff and advisors before speaking on the third night of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
© Damon Winter. March 5. Charlotte, NC. Nancy Pelosi addresses delegates on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center/Time Warner Cable Arena.
Ricardo Cases. January 29. The Villages, FL. Newt and Callista Gingrich pose for photos during a rally.