?I was struck by how these little wooden boxes full of pieces of paper that nobody ever cares about all of a sudden, in this one moment, became the most sacred objects of the American republic,? Christopher Nygren, a professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the University of Pittsburgh, says of seeing the Douliery image after a violent mob stormed the building.
Last week at the U.S. Capitol, before the focus would shift to shattering windows and a flood of red-hatted rioters, photographer Olivier Douliery pointed his lens toward a quieter turning point. Four masked Senate aides. Between them, two austere wooden boxes. Heavy with ballots. Heavier with history.