States of the Union: 2008 – 2016

50 states in 50 images of America throughout the Obama administration

Magnum Photographers

Carolyn Drake Birmingham, Alabama. 2014. The view through the bus window on the first leg of Elnora Shearer's bus ride to work. 70 year old Elnora works as a domestic help in the affluent Mountain Brook neighbor (...)
Alec Soth Nome, Alaska. 2015. 82 year old ivory carver James Omiak. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell Holbrook, Arizona. 2015. “Wigwam Motel” tourist attraction (now closed), featuring concrete teepees and old cars north of Apache Reservation on historic Route 66. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Zinc, Arkansas. 2009. Child of members of the Knights Party. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Taft, California. 2014. A man downtown. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Dover, Delaware. 2010. 'Transfer cases' with the remains of Army Spc. Ian T.D. Gelig, (L) and William 'Seth' Ricketts (R) are unloaded onto U.S. soil at a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air F (...)
Christopher Anderson Tampa, FL. 2012. Florida sheriff dept. control protests outside the RNC. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Atlanta, Georgia. 2015. Portraits on Easter Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. preached. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Raymond Depardon Wai Ki Ki Beach, Honolulu. 2013. © Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Gooding, Idaho. 2016. Johnny Pavkov on the family's ranch. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Aurora, Illinois. 2015. The Al Hajali family at a new suburban development down the road from their home. From L to R: Ahmad, Mahmud, Azizeh, Mohamed, Sham. The Al Hajali's are part of the small w (...)
Alex Webb Indianapolis, Indiana. 2014. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts quarterback) wall painting. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Des Moines, Iowa. 2014. Arm wrestling at the Iowa State Fair. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Kansas. 2011. Green Rebuilding of Greensburg. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth New Orleans, Louisiana. 2015. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Rodger (Paw) Ford, 10, at Lake Pontchartrain. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Baltimore, Maryland. 2010. West Baltimore from a passing train. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Bruno Barbey Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts. 2014. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Detroit, Michigan. March, 2009. House. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2014. A lockdown drill interrupted an eighth-grade gym class at Belle Plaine High School. The drills are intended to address the threat of school shootings. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Corinth, Mississippi. 2010. The coffin of William 'Seth' Ricketts after his funeral. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 2009. Intruder response training. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell Crow Indian Reservation, Montana. August, 2012. Local dancers. The Crow Indian Reservation (Tipi Capital of the World) boasts 1500 tipis during its annual powwow where residents erect and move into (...)
Jim Goldberg Near Omaha, Nebraska. 2012. Shelter outside of Omaha, NE. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Concord, New Hampshire. 2016. Attendee at a Jeb Bush town hall at the Abbot-Downing school before the New Hampshire primary. Donald Trump ultimately won the Republican primary and Bernie Sanders wo (...)
Bruce Gilden Camden, New Jersey. July, 2014. On Broadway. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Gallup, New Mexico. 2015. Flea market. Gallup has a population of 21,678 and 21.9% live below the poverty level. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers New York City, New York. September 11th; 2016. The World Trade Center site during the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Christopher Anderson Charlotte, NC. 2012. Delegates at the DNC. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Downtown Williston, North Dakota. 2012. (Left to Right) Dirk Ross, Matt Kingsley, Dan Bashore. Bus stop. Matt and Dan from Michigan waiting for bus to Montana to go work on the mountain. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Columbus, Ohio. 2014. In the Bottoms neighborhood. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Idabel, Oklahoma. 2014. Thomas Blakely, half Choctaw and half African American. He lives with his mom and stepfather in the poor, rural town of Idabel. He is prone to temper issues, getting into (...)
Alec Soth Portland, Oregon. 2015. Walking Woodlawn Triangle with Leonard. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Matt Black York, Pennsylvania. 2015. Rainstorm. York has a population of 43,718 and 37.1% live below the poverty level. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Chien-Chi Chang Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 2009. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael South Carolina. Recruits at Fort Jackson participate in a Physical Training (PT) test. 2011. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Manderson, South Dakota. 2014. Officer Becki Sotherland helps up an old woman passed out in front of a store. She was taken to the 'Drunk Tank' for eight hours and released. Pine Ridge Reservation (...)
Peter van Agtmael Tennessee. 2015. The wedding of two members of the KKK in a barn in rural Tennessee. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Matt Black McAllen, Texas. 2015. A family from Honduras detained at the border. McAllen has a population of 129,877 and 26.7% live below the poverty level. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg Provo, Utah. 2012. On the grounds of the Provo Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Burlington, Vermont. 2015. Burlington has a population of 42,417 and 25.1% live below the poverty level. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Wakefield, Virginia. 2009. Political signs line the road to the annual Shad Planking, a political event in Southern Virginia that kicks off the Gubernatorial race. Rival candidates vie to place the (...)
Alec Soth Logan, West Virginia. Rainbow over Downtown Logan. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti Hixton, Wisconsin. 2014. Boy Scouts. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Hulett, Wyoming. 2013. Main street. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Lyle, Washington. 2015. Shane on lunch break at Country Cafe. He is a fisheries biologist in Lyle Falls. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos

Covering the period of President Obama’s administration (2008-2016), we present a portrait of life in the United States, as captured by Magnum photographers. This slideshow paints an authored portrait of everyday life, from prosaic acts like travelling to work, to ceremonial gestures of patriotism. From the urban hustle to the expansive rural plains, Magnum Photographs capture vignettes of the previous eight years across all of America’s 50 states.

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