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When the Photo Op Goes Wrong

Unveiling of White House Christmas decorations, 2013, AP Images/Charles Dharapak. The photo opportunity, or the photo op as it is more commonly known, is usually a carefully choreographed affair in which PR advisors stage-manage the visual representation of a public figure stepping out in front of the media. Even the smallest detail in the photo…

Obama’s Moment of Compassion

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP The most evocative photograph to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – a photograph meanwhile reproduced all over the world – captures Barack Obama hugging Donna Vanzant, a woman from Brigantine, New Jersey, who lost her livelihood in the disaster. Several different images of that encounter are in circulation,…