The view from the back of the room as Former FBI Director James B. Comey prepares to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017. The people on computers in the foreground are mostly journalists. Directly behind Comey are security personnel and invited guests. ©David Butow

At 7:45 a.m. Washington time, more than two hours before the world will get its first glimpse of James Comey since his firing by President Donald Trump, there is a buzz in the large hearing room where he will appear. TV technicians, photographers, police officers, Capitol workers and others are…


Trump supporters and right wing activists taunt protesters at their rally in Berkeley, California, April 15, 2017 ©D

Observation, Context and Clarifications after Photographing the Recent Political Clash in Berkeley

What was ostensibly a rally in support of President Donald Trump in Berkeley, California on April 15 turned into a melee. It was nasty, violent and chaotic, yet in many ways, things went exactly according to plan. …


Prayers at the Fazl-i-Umar Mosque in Dayton, Ohio. October 26, 2016 ©David Butow

This Wednesday night a small group of men and women gathered at the Fazl-i-Umar Mosque in Dayton. …


A farm in Michigan, just an hour’s drive but a world apart from Detroit. October 3, 2016 ©David Butow

To cover any conflict properly you’ve got to see it from both (or all) sides if possible. Battleground America is no different, even though we’re supposedly under the same flag the more time you spend time at these events the more tribal and fractured things seem. …


Milwaukee sheriff Dave Clark embraces Donald Trump at a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin September 28, 2016. ©David Butow

We’ve watched the scene in practically every Western-genre movie. The snake oil salesman rolls into town and puts on a show. He’s not one of them: he looks a little different, maybe sounds a little foreign but he’s a good bullshit artist and the townsfolk look up to him somehow…


Caroline Crossman Alternative School, Detroit, Michigan September 23, 2016 ©David Butow

Named after a local teacher from the 19th Century, Caroline Crossman Alternative School was opened in 1911 to serve the African-American population and is on the National Register of Historic places. …


Waiting for Trump, Toledo, Ohio September 21, 2016 ©David Butow

Doors had opened at 10am for a 1 o’clock speech at this 2,500-seat suburban theatre, and shortly after 2 the crowd grew restless and cranky. When some people started to chant “Trump, Trump, Trump…!” there was an edge to their voices, not just like: we support Trump with gusto, but…


Mansfield, Ohio, on the road from Columbus to Toledo September 20, 2016 ©David Butow

…and get out of the bubble. I’m talking about the “finale” of the presidential election, which, unfortunately seems like the world’s longest TV miniseries. And by “bubble,” I mean the bubble that most of us live in. The bubble of our neighborhood, our circle of friends and colleagues, our choices…


The same week the Steve McCurry studio Photoshop controversy came up, I had some professional interaction concerning digital photo manipulation with a photographer, publisher and teacher who works at the very intersection of “pro” and “amateur.” He engages in compositing, but because his clients are photo-enthusiasts and consumers-at-large, not editors…

David Butow

California-based photojournalist. Worked on assignment in dozens of countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq and Yemen. Twitter@DavidButow

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