From Insurrection to Inauguration: Photos From the Capitol

Rachel Cobb Documents Two Weeks in Washington

Featured above: As US Capitol police clear the premises of rioters, a sign concedes President-elect Biden won the election, but wants the results overturned. All photos by Rachel Cobb.

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January 6, 2021: A group tries to force their way into the east entrance of the Capitol.

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Rioters use stolen police shields, flag poles, and other implements to break
the windows and doors.

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pepper spray trump supporter

Police spray pepper spray as rioters try to enter the building.
*Ashli Babbit

Ashli E. Babbitt, 35, who was shot as she tried to enter an inner section of the Capitol, is taken to a waiting ambulance. She would later die of her wounds.

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Police in riot gear finally clear the Capitol grounds.


January 17, 2021: As the hunt for suspects continues, the FBI posts images at bus stops
around Washington, DC.

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January 19, 2021: After the violent storming of the US Capitol, more than 25,000 national guard troops are brought to Washington, DC where they establish a secure perimeter for
the Biden-Harris inauguration.

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January 20, 2021: Bystanders watch the inauguration on a cell phone as riot police line the area.

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Carol Stewart, from Washington, DC, holds up a sign of Vice-President Kamala Harris outside a boarded-up Teamsters building during the inauguration.

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Some of the 25,000 National Guard troops are sent to secure Washington, DC for the Biden-Harris inauguration just two weeks after the Capitol building was violently breached in an attempt to overthrow the election results.

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Rachel Cobb
Rachel Cobb
Rachel Cobb is a photographer who lives in New York City. She has worked for numerous publications including The New York Times, Time magazine and Rolling Stone magazine. Her award-winning book Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence was published by Damiani in 2018. You can find her on the web at @rachelcobbphoto.

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