Speaking of portraits, there's an interesting series of portraits at the world's best photography magazine* consisting of 52 portraits by Nadav Kander of "Barack Obama's top advisors, aides, and members of his incoming administration." The voice-over is also illuminating, as it provides a window into the difficulty of doing production-line portraits with limited time and setup resources. The set is called "Obama's People." The portraits have come in for some nattering on the intertubes, but I think he did a good job—I recall a massive show called "People and Power: Portraits from the Federal Village" by President Reagan's Official Photographer, the late Michael Evans. I saw it as a show at the Corcoran in Washington, c. 1985, and it was mind-numbing—a case where simplicity and straightforwardness wasn't powerful, merely bland. Trying to infuse standard 1/2- and 3/4-length portraits of men and women in suits with any sort of individuality, not to mention originality, can be a tough task.
*The New York Times