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In a year of newfound national chaos, City Paper’s photographer of 31 years offers a view of D.C. that transcends the moment. Darrow Montgomery captured the days when all eyes were on the District. On January 20th smoke billowed after protesters lit a limousine on fire. The next day millions came for the Women’s March on Washington, and many more marches followed. But when the nation wasn’t looking, Montgomery witnessed the kinds of things that are too humble to make the news, yet more extraordinary: a young woman posing for her quinceañera on the grounds of the Jefferson Memorial; a storefront with a hand-painted phone number on its glass; a man who left his office midday to see the solar eclipse, smiling at the sky. —Alexa Mills

1700 Block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Alley), May 16
1400 Block of I Street NW (Alley), May 3
Inauguration Day, Jan. 20
Inauguration Day, Jan. 20
4900 Block of G Street SE, Jan. 27
Inauguration Day, Jan. 20
Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21
Women’s March on Washington, Jan. 21
600 Block of I Street NW, Oct. 6
2100 Block of 18th Street NW, Aug. 25
1600 Block of H Street NW, March 15
600 Block of T Street NW, Sept. 29
Quinceañera, June 29
1700 Block of Good Hope Road SE, March 21
Juggalo March on Washington, Sept. 16
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, March 18
Inauguration Day, Jan. 20
4900 Block of G Street SE, Jan. 27
3100 Block of Mount Pleasant Street NW, Aug. 12
Animal Keeper with Bamboo, Aug. 3
600 Block of Morton Street NW, July 24
Medieval Times, May 2