“City Paper: where we write words to go with Darrow’s photos.” That’s not an uncommon thought around this newsroom. Darrow Montgomery has been documenting the District for City Paper since 1986, and some days our articles feel like mere vehicles for his photographs. This year he captured, in his own way, the same D.C. the world saw: protesters at the Capitol and Supreme Court opposing the nomination of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh; the day locals and visitors alike flooded a white supremacist rally, shutting it down; and the crowd downtown the moment the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.
He also photographed the D.C. that locals love: a teen gymnast mid-flip in a Silver Spring gym; longtime employees of Jessie Taylor Seafood stocking live crabs; and the new Marion Barry statue outside the Wilson Building.
This is the past year as a resident photographer saw it. Here’s to waiting for 2019 in photos. Cheers. —Alexa Mills