A Face For Print?

Friday, February 2, 2007
I could not for the life of me figure out why the New York Times ran this photo of Senator Barack Obama for this article:

The article has nothing to do with him being interviewed. The photo has nothing to do with whether or nor Obama will get the Black vote. (Though, I suppose that that is a hard premise to illustrate with a photo.) I guess it's an interesting shot with a fresh feel, as opposed to a mic shot or a head shot. But everyone looks weird in it, it was--according to the caption--taken a month ago, and if I were that reporter, I'd be pretty uncomfortable being in the Times. Reporters report the news and let others feature in it. (Though, are there really print reporters who don't even carry a notebook? Hopefully hers is in a bag I can't see.)

Photos never struck me until I was a mid-level news editor at my school paper, and so I still don't know a lot about them. But I know when I cringe. This was one of those times. I'll be interested to see what it looks like in print.

Photo credit: David Scull for the New York Times via www.nytimes.com

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