Nina Berman

Documentary photographer
     
Obama train
Location: New York City
Nationality: American
Biography: Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at  American politics, militarism,  post violence trauma and resistance.  Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more... read on
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Obama train
Copyright nina berman 2021
Updated 10/01/16
Location USA


In 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama traveled by train from
 Philadelphia to his historic inaguration in Washington D.C.  Traveling
 on board, I thought of photographer Paul Fusco's famous RFK funeral
 train images.   The RFK train moved slowly as thousands stood, some 
crying,  to pay their respect to the murdered senator. The Obama train
 sped by in a blur so that those outside, standing, waving and waiting,
saw not the new president, but only a speeding train.   Photographing
 through sealed windows,  I considered the connections between
 the generation that lost the anti-war candidate Robert Kennedy in
 1968 and the generation that elected Barack Obama, the first 
African-American president. 



Exhibitions: 


Ray 2012, "Making History,"  Frankfurt, Germany, 2012

IUFM Confluences, "US Today After," Lyon, France, 2010

 
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