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Monday, 12 June 2017

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Is it my imagination, or do there seem to be many striking (albeit disturbing) photos of Donald Trump? The New York Times in particular often uses dramatic photos of the man.

E.g.: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/opinion/sunday/donald-trump-watergate-democrats.html?action=click&contentCollection=Media&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/12/opinion/shunning-gun-control-helping-terrorists.html?ref=opinion

I thought that shot was fantastic when I saw it online, except the one I saw looked like it was taken by someone to Mills' left. The straight-on version here is the shot, in my opinion.

In several years there will be Canon, Sony, Smart Phones, and numerous film cameras still in use. As long as film is available, film cameras will be viable, and could be long after obsolete digital cameras are sent to the junk pile.

While Doug Mills' shot is great, and benefits from his newspapers generous "how it was made" piece, surely the standout picture this week from that vantage point was made by the Associated Press photographer, Andy Harnik? Even more wide angle than the NYT image, it was widely reproduced.

Harnik's picture is reproduced here, alas tilted, for some reason, but the Chicago Tribune printed it level. I can't find that version online.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-593962e5/turbine/la-former-fbi-director-james-comey-20170608-008/1100/1100x619

Another great result of this post? Discovering Stephen Voss's work! I love the compositions of his photojournalist assignments: they're thoughtful and strikingly different than the standard newspaper fare because of that. And I ordered a copy of his bonsai book too!

What I thought most interesting was not just the shot, but the comment that he wifi sent it straight from the camera after taking it to New York. Sometimes being first is what you need.

I just read an article in de Dutch Volkskrant newspaper. Hans Aarsman is a photographer who analyses interesting news pictures. He has a very sharp eye for detail. This time he mentioned the square hole that spoils the marble wall. Could this be the the spot where Doug Mills stood, or was he using a selfie stick?

http://www.volkskrant.nl/kijkverder/2014/AarsmanCollectie/index.html

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