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Matt Nager April 13, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Tea Party Rally, Texas 2009

Matt Nager (b. 1983, USA) graduated in News Editorial Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His travels have taken him throughout Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Italy, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. In addition to photography he works in video and film. Matt has been recognized by the 61st College Photographer of the Year competition with an Honorable Mention for Documentary, the 2006 Hearst Journalism Awards as a National Finalist and by the Society of Professional Journalists. His clients include: AARP, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Blick (Switzerland), The National  (Abu Dhabi), Bloomberg News, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News and Rocky Mountain News among others.

About the Photograph:

“I have covered the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party events several times in Texas during the past year and a half. This particular image was shot on assignment for The New York Times. The story was a feature looking into the Tea Party Express as they were making their cross country tour speaking out against the passage of the health care bill. During this moment, the organizers of the event were conducting a prayer for armed forces members who have died while serving. It was interesting to see how much patriotism was used to draw an emotional response at the Tea Party rally. The other observation I made when reflecting on this image is the portrayal of President Obama as the joker. I remember back to some of the signs from this event and remember the dramatic imagery and terminology used.”

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