Wednesday, November 28, 2007

don't get caught hiding a photo op

This NPR interview with AP senior White House photographer Ron Edmonds offers insight into "photo opportunities," those posed chances for press photographers to see leaders not quite in action that were created by Reagan aide Michael Deaver in the 1980s. The resulting images are picked apart as signs of enthusiasm or dismay by politicos, but you can find a few practical lessons in Edmonds' observations of this week's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, where the photo-worthy handshake between world leaders happened behind the lectern--and had to be moved into view by President Bush for the cameras to catch it. Don't get caught hiding that signature photo, and do plan ahead for just such an opportunity.

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