For The New York Times; 2018

In 2018 I worked in California, Pennsylvania, and Missouri covering the 2018 midterm election campaign for The New York Times. I covered mostly rural, suburban, and agricultural regions of the country, and there I witnessed differing visions of how Americans understood their future and their country. America’s rural regions are often painted as monoliths fighting for tradition in a progressive world, but it is neither fair nor accurate to paint with such wide strokes. This is a gallery of both Democrats and Republicans from all parts of the country, where I saw ideological and cultural diversity of all sorts.

This is an edit of the different political assignments I photographed in 2018. Throughout the year I followed Conor Lamb (D-PA 17th District), Josh Hawley (R) for a Missouri Senate seat, Gavin Newsom (D) for California governor, and T.J. Cox (D-CA 21st District). In November, I spent election week driving around Missouri, and on election day I covered Hawley voting in Columbia, followed by his victory party in Springfield, Missouri.

These are not just photos of politicians giving speeches and shaking hands; they are photos of what these people and places looked and felt like. American political theater is quite often a circus, and I instead wanted to show a quieter and more organic dissection of how the people interact with politics. Every candidate I covered ended up winning their respective races, but what was most interesting was feeling the political pulse of the nation at such an important and chaotic time in American history.

Photographed on Assignment for The New York Times