The 2008 Presidential election came to an end on November 4, 2008 as South Side residents cast their votes at poll booths throughout the South Side of Chicago. The stakes were high, as the country had endured eight years of Republican rule. Barack Obama won the general election in a sound beating of John McCain.
The reverberations were felt all over the world, but perhaps nowhere more strongly and personally than on the street corners, pool halls and voting lines of the South Side. Barack moved to Hyde Park in Chicago after he attended Harvard Law School and became the first African-American President of the United States.
Over the past thirty to forty years the South Side of Chicago has seen major disinvestment by political and economic powers within the city. However, the resilience of the people has not faltered. I wanted to spend the day in the places that Barack Obama has driven through for years and photograph the people who he first represented when he was a congressman in Illinois. This is Barack’s Chicago.