Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Obama's People" - From Politics to Art

From a seemingly impulsive mug shot, to a carefully posed portrait, this amazing collection of "Obama's People" by London-based photographer Nadav Kande as seen on the New York Times website is a study in the "economy of gesture." Rather than using background drama or lighting wizardry, Kande and his team focused on the subject to tell their story.

Thus far the collection consisting of 52 portraits ( the same number as a deck of cards) of Barack Obama's top advisers, aides, and members of his incoming administration. has only been seen online and in a special edition of the New York Times Magazine, copies of which sold out and are going on eBay for $50. Currently a group is trying to put the photos together for an exhibit in Birmingham England.

The subjects were asked to bring an object with them that would be telling about them. Pictured above, is Ken Salazar of Colorado, secretary designate of the Department of Interior who wore his cowboy hat. Click here to view the entire collection.

(c) 2008 - Ruth Mitchell - all rights reserved

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