Photography Editors Share Thoughts On White House Situation Room Image

Posted by David Ozanich — 4 May 2011

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Everyone has seen the above photo. It's been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, among others. We posted it, too. Taken by the official White House photographer Pete Souza, it is on its way to becoming one of the iconic photos of the Obama administration.

Women's Wear Daily rounded up a group of photography editors to get their reactions and thoughts on the image. It makes for some interesting reading.

Kira Pollack, director of photography for Time
 "The Hillary Clinton expression is the one that holds the photograph fully. The reaction of her hand over her face. Her eyes. Clearly, she's reacting to something she's watching. She's very unaware she's being photographed. To me, the whole image is about Hillary. In some ways, she holds the image. You look at her first, and then you look at everyone else. That instinctive reaction that must have happened for her hand to go over her mouth like that? There must be something powerful on that screen....The other thing about this picture that we all find fascinating is that the document that is blurred. It's one more element of what's in that room. How extraordinary is it that we're seeing inside that room?"

Scott Hall, director of photography, Newsweek
"What's most interesting to me about this photo is what you're not seeing. The mystery of what's happening off camera is captured wholly in the expression on Hillary's face. The events of 9/11 unfolded before our eyes, but those of 5/1 leave much to the imagination."

Read the rest at WWD. Via The Awl.

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