War Protests during the Bush years { 52 images } Created 5 Nov 2008

I began this series of photos shortly after terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. Some of the first images I made were of "Patriot Rallies" and then when the military went into Afghanistan I began photographing anti-war rallies.

In 2003 George W. Bush started the war in Iraq. The war was supposed to be finished quickly but U.S. troops are still there as I write this.

I found myself on the streets of New York during the 2004 Republican National Convention. I photographed the protesters in the streets because that's what I had access to photograph. Then the next summer outside Bush's Ranch in Crawford, Texas photographing people for the war, against the war and somewhere in between.

Since 2005 I've continued with the project photographing anti-war protests. I think it's important to document these rallies which are guaranteed by the First Amendment and also part of American history. Just to be transparent, I'm the son of a Vietnam War combat veteran, I'm fascinated by the 1960s and I think people have a right to free speech even if I don't always agree with it. This is part of my motivation for working on this project for close to a decade.

I usually travel to these events without specifically working for a publication then I can make the images I want to make on my own time line thinking more about the historical value of the photographs I'm making rather than the news value and when I have to make a deadline.

I've licensed very few of these images and most have never been published. In all cases, I paid to go to these places and events on my own. But, these images are available to be licensed through Polaris Images.

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