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D.C. History Through The Eyes Of Everyday People

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Photographer Danny Harris snaps a picture of Ajae on her cousin's front porch in Anacostia. Harris is compiling a people's history of the District.
Asma Khalid
Photographer Danny Harris snaps a picture of Ajae on her cousin's front porch in Anacostia. Harris is compiling a people's history of the District.

By Asma Khalid

Most of the time, history is filtered through the eyes of a few, powerful people. But a local photographer wants to change that. He’s creating a PEOPLE’s history of the District.

Danny Harris is in a low-income neighborhood in Southeast. He parks his scooter, and starts talking to a man as he walks by.

Harris loves these neighborly conversations with complete strangers. He interviews them, and compiles their stories along with a photo on his [blog]http://www.peoplesdistrict.blogspot.com/). Harris is interested in everyday people, more than celebrities or politicians.

"We’re standing on the corner of Summer and Wade Southeast, and I’m sure somebody fell in love on this corner, I’m sure somebody got shot on this corner. Every inch of this city has so much history to it, and that history has been experienced by people. And sometimes the politicians are those people, but a lot of the time, it’s simply the shop-owner, or the person who lives on the corner," says Harris.

So far, Harris has gathered more than 200 stories and has no plans of stopping any time soon.

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