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Lori Duff January 18, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Town Meeting, New Hampshire 2007

Lori Duff (b.1971, USA) is a photographer and writer based in Vermont. Her work has been supported by a student award of excellence from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, a University of Missouri “Truth with a Camera” scholarship and honored by Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Society for News Design and the New England Press Association (Photographer of the Year). Her photo career began at the age of thirty after working for a park in Kentucky, apprenticing as an actress at Actors Theater and serving as a Peace Corps water and sanitation volunteer in the Ivory Coast. She earned her B.A. at Indiana University and her M.A. in Journalism at the University of Missouri. Before moving to Vermont she worked for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire for four years.

About the Photograph:

“This image was made during town meeting time in Sutton, New Hampshire. During the annual winter event, voters from an entire geographic area gather (many in their plaid shirts and boots) to participate in the lawmaking process of their town. This New England tradition has been around since colonial times and is said to be the last vestige of direct democracy left in America. During the meeting, citizens are allowed to take the microphone and give their opinions on the articles in question. Time limits are imposed, as debate can sometimes go long into the night. I love the idea that 100 years ago this photo might have played out in a similar way. Voters would have turned out in the same seats, had the same deliberation, argued about town upkeep and manifested their annoyance in the same manner. To me the moment conveys the character of the granite state and is somehow both totally ordinary and historic at the same time.”

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