NEW YORK (AP) — Passers-by snap selfies at Trump Tower. Protesters decry the president-elect in his hometown. And the everyday, impromptu beauty of America’s biggest city keeps playing out in moments as fleeting as the flap of a street vendor’s primary-colored umbrella against a darkening sky.
This is a composite portrait of post-election New York City, as seen by Muhammed Muheisen, The Associated Press’ chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While in New York for meetings at the AP’s headquarters during the past two weeks, Muheisen was struck by how much the city seemed immersed in the news of Republican Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, and how much the news seemed enmeshed in the city.
Walking around town, Muheisen saw signs of the election everywhere from a giant screen near Times Square to the front page of a newspaper being read on a subway station escalator. The reaction played out in streets and parks where anti-Trump protesters gathered, and on a sidewalk outside Trump Tower where a man held a sign declaring, “He’s my president.”
“I come almost twice a year, and it felt different this time — there’s national news, it’s everywhere … so I was inspired by that,” says Muheisen, who is based in Amman, Jordan.
Yet he also captured other moments that make New York itself: skyscrapers reflected on the side of a tour bus, the glow of a fruit vendor’s illuminated stall at dusk, one Buddhist monk photographing another in Central Park.
Muheisen’s images show a city where both news and life are unfolding in every direction. Where anytime “you turn around, you will witness a totally other scene,” he says.
“This is New York, where life never stops but keeps going.”