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David Douglas Duncan


Self-Portrait: U.S.A.
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View of several rows of convention-goers. In the front row are three men. The man in the center is smoking a cigar and taking notes. The man to his left, dressed all in black and wearing sunglasses, is looking out frowningly.

"For a mad moment it seemed I was covering the wrong story . . . In my viewfinder, I'd found some Damon Runyon characters playing a Form--and wondered about picking up a hot tip--then looked closer; it read Republican Platform, not Racing Form. [August 1968.]" Self-Portrait: U.S.A., pp. 44-45.