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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