meIn a year like no other, Guardian US attempted to cover this country in the way we know it best, targeting those who exist outside the corridors of power. We covered families and individuals who were some of the first to lose their livelihoods amid the pandemic and impending recession, and then we spent time with a seven-year-old girl who did her best while locked up at home. We were in minneapolis talking to longtime residents about systemic racism and police brutality, and we were in Holmes County, Louisiana, celebrating with young high school graduates.
The “we”, of course, refers to our group of brilliant, thoughtful and deeply dedicated photographers. Despite the odds, they captured the truly memorable and moving moments of a year that we can’t wait to leave behind.
The following is a small selection of the photos that stayed with us.
Bike rides and selfies on the Brooklyn Bridge as New Yorkers adjust to the post-Covid-19 summer. Photograph by Jordan Gale
Left: Minneapolis resident Stacey Ray poses for a portrait with her daughters a few days after George Floyd was killed by a police officer. Ray was one of many people photographer Nina Robinson spoke to after the protests broke out. Photograph by Nina Robinson / The Guardian. Right: Diana (left) and Jesús Vasquez (right) pose for a portrait with their children Emily and Daphne in Washington Park, New Jersey. The Vasquez family was one of many people whose lives had already changed in the first month of Covid. Photograph by Bryan Anselm / The Guardian
Meira with your prism. Photographer Matt Eich documented the quarantine of his daughters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph by Matt Eich / The Guardian
Lee Price with his sons, Daniel and Chase, at home. Price lost his job at a restaurant two months ago and has struggled to make ends meet. He was one of many Mississippi residents we spoke to who wanted their state to reopen despite the increase in coronavirus cases and deaths. Photograph by Bryan Tarnowski / The Guardian
Left: A group of children play in a stream of water from an uncovered fire hydrant in Corona, Queens. The coronavirus hit this New York neighborhood especially hard. Photograph by Ryan Christopher Jones / The Guardian Goodt: Brittny Daskey and her daughter Victoria pose for a portrait in Santa Clarita. Brittny and her partner, who are expecting their second child, lost their home in Lake Hughes, California to wildfires. Photograph by Damon Casarez / The Guardian
Terra Bella, California. 2020. Matt Black drove through California’s central and eastern Coachella and Imperial valleys, capturing how various challenges have escalated to create a tone of uncertainty across the state. Photograph by Matt Black / The Guardian.
Alfonzo Tucker photographed at his home in Tuscaloosa. Tucker was barred from voting due to a $ 4 fine, and he is just one of many millions of Americans who have been entangled in a racially biased system and deprived of their democratic rights. Photograph by Johnathon Kelso / The Guardian
An oak hammock is filled with saw palmetto in Florida. These berries grow on plains or grasslands deep in the heart of the state and are used to produce an oil estimated at $ 200 million this year. Photograph by Rose Marie Cromwell / The Guardian
Alvin Pavlis and his wife Donna have been farming their land in Iowa for almost 50 years. Almost all of his corn crops were destroyed by a hurricane-like storm, called Right, that swept through his state in August. Photograph by Jordan Gale / The Guardian
Zion in a park in Williamsburg, New York. Zion and her family received help from the New York Family and Gender Project, which advises parents on how to support their children’s gender expression. Photograph by Celeste Sloman / The Guardian
Fisherman Bob Baines with seaweed from his seaweed farm. This year is the first year that he diversifies his fishing practice by cultivating seaweed, a necessity given the climatic degradation. Photograph by Greta Rybus / The Guardian
Left: Deonta Barnes poses for a portrait after Holmes County Central High School’s socially estranged graduation ceremony. Photograph by Annie Flanagan / The Guardian Right: Angela So, with her daughter, after voting in the 2020 presidential election in Southfield Michigan. She was one of the many voters we spoke to and photographed with prior to the election. Photograph by Erin Kirkland / The Guardian
Protesters in Jefferson Square Park gather in downtown Louisville to call for racial justice and charges against officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. Photograph by Andrew Cenci / The Guardian
Francisco Blanco Arango untangles a fishing net with the help of his granddaughter Ada while Kevin plays with a dog in his backyard in Saladero, Mexico. The 2010 BP oil spill caused the decline of seafood that many communities, like this one, had relied on for trade and self-consumption. Photograph by Luis Antonio Rojas / The Guardian
Sierra Williams, photographed in Eagle Mountain, Utah, for a story about people who chose not to have children by choice. Photograph by Aubrey Trinnaman / The Guardian
Mourners and admirers left notes on a mural of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on U Street in Washington. Photographer Lexey Swall captured the gloomy and reverential atmosphere of the capital after her death. Photograph by Lexey Swall / The Guardian
A Trump supporter outside the BOK Center in Tulsa three days before the president was to hold a rally there. Many were outraged by Donald Trump’s decision to hold a rally in a city where Covid-19 cases were on the rise. Photograph by Vanessa Charlot / The Guardian
Scenes from a desolate financial district in the early days of New York’s Covid-19 boom. Photographs by Jordan Gale / The Guardian
A lobster boat hauls traps in Penobscot Bay, the stretch of water between Matinicus and the mainland. Those who live in Matinicus are used to a certain degree of isolation, but photographer Greta Rybus still decided to venture out to capture the residents who cast their vote in the historic election. Photograph by Greta Rybus / The Guardian
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