The photographer Jon Lowenstein has long worked on the South Side of Chicago, where President Obama got his political start, and four years ago he captured Election Day there in color Polaroids. On Tuesday he returned with his Polaroid camera to see what had changed.
“It was a lot more anxious, with none of the same euphoria as last time,” he told me. “It was almost like just another day in the hood. Everyone was just going about their lives. But people also really understood the importance of the day and of going out and voting.” For a place like the South Side, he said, Obama’s reëlection leaves some lingering questions: “What is he going to do for the really poor communities, not only in Chicago but throughout the United States? What will he deliver? What will his legacy be?”
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All photographs by Jon Lowenstein/Noor.