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9 Of The Most Powerful Photo Stories On The Internet This Week

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.

Posted on January 23, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. ET

Maybe you heard the great sigh of relief that many Americans let out as Joe Biden was peacefully sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, right next to our very first woman, Black, and South Asian vice president, Kamala Harris.

After three extremely eventful Wednesdays (an insurrection, an impeachment, and then an inauguration), many of us were grateful for a smooth transition into a new administration.

Photographer Greg Kahn was in the nation's capital to show us the eerily empty streets ahead of the inauguration, while Farrah Skeiky talked to DC residents about how they were processing everything that had happened in their city in January of this year.

We collected some of the best photographs of the inauguration itself to share.

The internet also took a long, nostalgic look at both Biden's long road to the presidency and the unbridled, unmasked glamour of former inaugural balls — man, remember parties?

Meanwhile, Peter van Agtmael's photographs help us remember the last chaotic 12 months of the Trump presidency.

Outside of politics, we look at Cara Romero redefining Native American art, the difficulties of Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan, and the life of pioneering photographer Grace Robertson.

Sign up for our newsletter, JPG, for an exclusive interview with Mel D. Cole, who photographed in Washington at both the attempted coup on Jan. 6 and the inauguration.

"The Best Photos From the Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris" — BuzzFeed News

Chang W. Lee / Getty Images

Joe and Jill Biden entering the inauguration through a doorway.

"Joe Biden’s Long Road to the Presidency" — The New York Times

Keith Meyers / New York Times

An archival image of the Bidens on a bus in the '80s.

"A Photographer's Diary of 12 Turbulent Months in Trump's America" — Time

Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos for TIME Magazine

A man climbs over the barrier at the Capitol on the attempted coup.

"All the Roadblocks Leading to the Inauguration" — BuzzFeed News

A view of the Capitol building through barricades
Greg Kahn for BuzzFeed News

"Grace Robertson, Photography Pioneer, Dies at 90" — The Guardian

Young girls making faces in a vintage photo
Grace Robertson / Getty Images


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