Former White House photographer Pete Souza made the front page of Google News on Thursday by "throwing shade" on the contrast between the Obama and Trump White Houses—using pictures. One example, of many:
Photo by Pete Souza
Pete's caption for this shot on Instagram: "Meeting with top advisors. This is a full-frame picture. I guess you'd say I was trying to make a point."
The story has been picked up far and wide, but is nicely summed up in this article at The Mary Sue. (Note that a different title shows up in the URL. On TOP, too, early working titles for posts that were changed for publication sometimes survive in the URL.) Pete Souza's Instagram feed is an interesting little object lesson in how to convey messages with pictures, if viewers know enough about the situation they depict.
Pete was also White House photographer for Ronald Reagan, from June of '83 till the end of President Reagan's time in office.
(Thanks to Dave Glos and several others)
P.S. It occurs to me that "this is a full-frame picture" could be misinterpreted these days. He means it's uncropped, not necessarily that it was taken with a full-frame camera (although it might have been, I don't know).
[Ed. Note: TOP normally doesn't discuss politics except if the topic relates to photography, with a few exceptions.]
Wayne: "Didn't President Obama severely limit access of photographers to the White House?"
Mike replies: Who told you that? Wait, don't tell me, I don't want to know.
Anyway, no. That's the whole idea of a White House photographer, and it's been in place for decades. One photographer covers everything and makes his (or her) results available to the rest of the media. It avoids the mess that would result if there had to be a gaggle of photographers from different media outlets and agencies wandering all over the White House, and the headache of overseeing shared access in a fair way. The traditional press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing is the other means of fairly controlling press access. The White House is a busy place—it's an office building, a family residence, a tourist attraction, and the venue for State dinners and of meetings with foreign dignitaries, among many other things.
Ken replies to Mike: "Regarding your response to Wayne, the Associated Press and over 30 other news organizations protested Obama's photojournalist restrictions as being 'Soviet-style' and propagandistic. See 'Obama's Orwellian Image Control' and 'Photographers Protest White House Restrictions.'"
Mike replies: Looks like my response to you was uninformed—sorry, Wayne. Thanks, Ken.
Frank Petronio: "It could just be a simplistic cheap shot or perhaps it's the witches' coven, yet another oppressed identity group lobbying for access. Hard to say with Barry."
Mike replies: Frank, Frank. When your knee jerks like that, doesn't it sometimes hit you in the chin?
By the way, I noticed you were one of the featured testimonials at Edgar Praus. Props fer that.