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The audience, the security, the reporters, the media handlers, the venue managers, and the cameras — so many cameras. Election rallies are a whirlwind of activity and disparate interests.
The candidates themselves, whose stage-time takes up a very small portion of the day, are only the tip of an iceberg that is primarily made up of hundreds of hardworking, obsessive people who make it all possible. Everyone on the ground works to produce perfect images for air and publication, but behind the candidates' soundbites that play (and replay) on TV, there’s a crazy scene — it's a well-oiled and perfectly synchronized mess.
I’m LAist’s new visual journalist and I covered President Biden campaigning for Gov. Gavin Newsom in Long Beach on Sept. 13. You can see our carefully reported coverage (with regularly framed photography) here, here, and here. On this page, let me show you what it was like on the ground.