First day of early voting, Brooklyn Museum (October 2020)

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This is What Democracy Looks Like

Jean Ross | New York, United States

The 2020 presidential election felt consequential to a degree unmatched by any other in my lifetime.These images have their origin as part of a larger body of work documenting the initial year of the pandemic.As the election grew near, I set out to document the determination of my Brooklyn neighbors to exercise their right to vote.While the winner of the presidential contest in New York State was never in doubt, we now know just how closely the nation came to a subversion of the peaceful transition of power through a violent coup - a threat to the fundamental heart of American democracy.These images begin on the first day of early voting at the Brooklyn Museum, continue with images made at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza on the day the election was called for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and at a January demonstration outside the Bay Ridge office of Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis who voted to overturn election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, and end with the inauguration of President Biden.

Jean Ross is a California-born photographer currently based in Brooklyn.She photographs places and the people who live in them. Jean has studied at the International Center of Photography and her work has been featured in solo shows at Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, California and Gallery 1855 in Davis, California and in group shows at the International Center of Photography; Women Street Photographers 2022 at Artspace PS 109; Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico; Art on the Ave,New York, New York; Los Angeles Center of Photography; Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University in Atlantic City, New Jersey; Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, New York; Showfields, New York City; and other galleries.

Jean Ross



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