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Scenes from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

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The "queen of regime change" protesting at Philadelphia's City Hall. - JOEFF DAVIS
  • Joeff Davis
  • The "queen of regime change" protesting at Philadelphia's City Hall.

Photographer Joeff Davis is documenting all the action in and around the Wells Fargo Center during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. (Check out his photos of last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland.)  

"These events are essentially big propaganda showcases," Davis says of shooting at the conventions. "In my best photographs I turn the propaganda back on the creators and create an inner truth about the message. More often than not I fail. This environment is insanely difficult to work in. It's like an Olympic event, like the decathlon, where you are tested in various skills like endurance, agility, gracefulness, and most of all karma."

Is the mood at the DNC anywhere near as fractious as the portrayals of palpable tension between Hillary supporters and the Bernie-or-bust stalwarts would lead us to believe? "I don't think the floor is equally divided," Davis says. "Way, way more dedicated Hillary people or Sanders people not willing to call him a sellout. After all, this is a party convention, and if you're a radical or have really alternative views, you are not on the convention floor as a delegate. These are the cream of the dedicated party loyalists." 

Paul Simon's opening-night performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" seemed particularly apropos, the Democratic National Committee having been pitched into a river of shit after leaked e-mails suggested the organization was actively trying to undermine the Sanders campaign. And sure, Hillary has also positioned herself as a builder of bridges, not Trumpian walls. It was enough to earn her unequivocal nods from Sanders himself, Elizabeth Warren, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, who made history as the only person to give remarks at the outset of both major party conventions (or so went the humorous callback to Melania Trump's plagiarism). 

Davis's photos from outside the convention hall depict a more tumultuous atmosphere: demonstrators (still!) feeling the Bern, scores of arrests, and someone in a Hillary mask and crown parading around as "the queen of regime change."

Also in the mix away from the Wells Fargo Center was Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who made appeals to Sanders supporters as she gears up for her own party's convention August 4 in Houston.

"Forget the lesser evil," Stein said during a Monday rally, "fight for the greater good."

The crowd chanted in response: "Jill, not Hill!"
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Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton
  • Sen. Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton
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Kareem Abdul-Jabar was one of the speakers on the last night of the convention
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabar was one of the speakers on the last night of the convention
Chelsea Clinton
  • Chelsea Clinton
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Ava Massena, 3, from Brooklyn, New York, lets out a scream during Hillary Clinton's remarks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention
  • Ava Massena, 3, from Brooklyn, New York, lets out a scream during Hillary Clinton's remarks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention
Katy Perry
  • Katy Perry
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BIll Clinton surrounded by balloons at the Wells Fargo Center
  • BIll Clinton surrounded by balloons at the Wells Fargo Center
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President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton
President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton share a hug
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton share a hug
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Vice-President Joe Biden
  • Vice-President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama
  • President Barack Obama
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Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential nominee
  • Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's vice-presidential nominee
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Former President Bill Clinton
  • Former President Bill Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton on screen at the DNC
  • Former President Bill Clinton on screen at the DNC
Minnesota delegates
  • Minnesota delegates
Minnesota senator Al Franken
  • Minnesota senator Al Franken
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A Wisconsin delegate prepares for an interview on the Floor of the Democratic National Convention.
  • A Wisconsin delegate prepares for an interview on the Floor of the Democratic National Convention.
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Journalist Charlie Rose preparing for broadcast
  • Journalist Charlie Rose preparing for broadcast
Bernie Sanders delegates protesting Hillary Clinton's nomination
  • Bernie Sanders delegates protesting Hillary Clinton's nomination
California Governor Jerry Brown (bald, center right) announces the roll call vote for California.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown (bald, center right) announces the roll call vote for California.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
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Bernard Jennings with his one-year-old son Ethan on the floor of the Democratic National Convention
  • Bernard Jennings with his one-year-old son Ethan on the floor of the Democratic National Convention
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Rep. John Lewis
  • Rep. John Lewis
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Ava Massena, 3, from Brooklyn, New York, lets out a scream during Hillary Clinton's remarks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention
  • Ava Massena, 3, from Brooklyn, New York, lets out a scream during Hillary Clinton's remarks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention
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Bernie Sanders supporters prepare to march at Philadelphia's City Hall.
  • Bernie Sanders supporters prepare to march at Philadelphia's City Hall.

Ivan Delsol came from Cottage Grove, Oregon, with his Bernie Sanders getup. "He is the most hopeful presidential candidate in my lifetime," Delsol said of Sanders.
  • Ivan Delsol came from Cottage Grove, Oregon, with his Bernie Sanders getup. "He is the most hopeful presidential candidate in my lifetime," Delsol said of Sanders.
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Global Progressive Justice prepares to march to the Wells Fargo Center. The group works on a variety of issues including housing, immigrant rights, child care, environmental justice.
  • Global Progressive Justice prepares to march to the Wells Fargo Center. The group works on a variety of issues including housing, immigrant rights, child care, environmental justice.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein addresses the crowd during a rally at City Hall.
  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein addresses the crowd during a rally at City Hall.

Cornell West addresses the crowd during a rally at City Hall.
  • Cornell West addresses the crowd during a rally at City Hall.

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