DNC in Philadelphia: Photos from the rowdy convention floor

  • Workers continue to make preparations ahead of the Democratic National Convention on July 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Workers prepare the floor for the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A gender neutral bathroom is pictured at the Wells Fargo Center ahead of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Workers prepare the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Helicopters circle over the Wells Fargo Center where the Democratic National Convention will take place, July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • TV host Stephen Colbert is pictured in character at the Wells Fargo Center before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Brandon Strong and Jag Arntfield from Michigan camp out in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in support of Bernie Sanders before the start of the Democratic National Convention, July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Hats in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders are pictured before the start of a concert in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park ahead of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders march from City hall to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders march from City hall to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders march from City hall to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • An attendee is pictured with a decorative hat on the convention floor hours before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Carl Bernstein and Sen. Rick Santorum speak before the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates cheer on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A supporter of former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wears a decorative hat in support during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • Supporters for former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., holds up a Sanders mask during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • Delegates for Senator Bernie Sanders show their support at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25, 2016.
  • Delegates cheer on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A convention attendee wears a shirt and mask in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., protest with signs and tape over their mouthes during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • A supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wears tape over her mouth in protest during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • A supporter for former Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wears buttons in support during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.
  • Delegates cheer for Hillary Clinton on the floor of the Democratic National Convention during the first day on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) addresses the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (L) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.) (C) attend the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. 
  • A convention attendee shows off a pocket size doll in support of Hillary Clinton during the first day of the Democratic presidential nominee, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates hold up signs supporting First Lady Michelle Obama during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio attends the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) takes the stage prior to speaking during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wave signs during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on the first night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • A supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands in protest with tape over her mouth during the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks on the first night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.
  • A supporter of former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts during his speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to the crowd on the first night of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25, 2016.

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This week brings the Democrats’ turn in the spotlight.

The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia Monday, just days after the Republican Party’s event wrapped up in Cleveland. The first day of the DNC showed a comparatively united front — but not without some visible fractures. Bernie Sanders supporters protested on Sunday ahead of the convention, and also made their voices known on the convention floor with intermittent boos and jeers. Some continue to insist that they will not support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, despite the Vermont senator’s endorsement of her.

For his part, Sanders delivered a rousing prime-time address on Monday night, in which he enumerated his oft-expressed views on income inequality, campaign funding, and climate change. Ultimately, though, he offered his support for Clinton and insisted that she’s the best option for avoiding a Donald Trump presidency. 

While several Sanders supporters on the floor appeared visibly upset during his speech, some tried to overshadow the lengthy attack by Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Trump with more cries of disappointment. Meanwhile, first lady Michelle Obama arguably stole the show on Monday night with an impassioned and moving speech centered on how far the country has progressed in recent decades.

The DNC brought drama even before officially getting underway, however: Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned on Sunday over leaked emails that suggested she and the committee were favoring Clinton’s campaign over Sanders’. 

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

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