Watching the press at the RNC

Thursday, July 21: Curtain call

On the final night of the Republican National Convention, photographers started hustling to mark their spots on the floor five hours before Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. 

An important decision for news organizations covering the event is where to situate their staffers and, therefore, which angle to show. 

These photos highlight the view from above, where most of the action in Quicken Loans Arena can be caught.

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The audience recites the Pledge of Allegiance at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night, before Donald Trump accepts the Republican nomination.


Press booths look out over the convention floor.


Press booths look out over the convention floor.


Donald Trump hugs his daughter Ivanka Trump.


Trump arrives on stage.


Trump’s speech spanned more than an hour and 15 minutes, making it the longest convention acceptance speech in over 40 years. 


Medea Benjamin of Code Pink being led out of the convention floor during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.


Cameramen work in the periphery. 


Balloons drop as the convention comes to a close.


Audience members are seen through a haze of star-spangled confetti.

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Nina Berman is a photographer and an associate professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

TOP IMAGE: All photos by Nina Berman