The Obama family portrait is framed and ready for public perusal. Skilled family portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz captured the essence of the First Family in her pictures: President Obama, family and the Green Room. Yet which photos will truly define his legacy?
Obama Family Portrait by Family Portrait Photographer Annie Leibovitz
The White House unveiled the official Obama Family Portrait taken by renowned family portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. It pictures President Obama – family members by his side – in the Green Room.
Unlike other authorized photographs of officials and their families, the family portrait photographer opted for making the Obama family portrait a relaxed affair that lacks the stiffness and unease so commonly noted in pictures of a president. The Obama family likeness has the visual appeal of a casual holiday snapshot, which quite notably sets the Obama family portrait apart from those of other heads of state.
Which Photos Will Mark His Legacy in Pictures: President Obama Family Portrait or Incidental Snapshots?
The Obama family portrait may be the sanctioned legacy of the White House, but it could be photos like the one of (then) presidential hopeful Barack Obama attired in turban and white robe – as showcased by OG Paper – that may be memorable. If nothing else, the alleged ties between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the publication of the photo may keep it simmering.
Then there was the “Obama Looking at Girl” photo that captured the imagination of onlookers. Associated Content’s own Meg C. reported on the issue back in July of 2009, when wagging tongues were comparing and contrasting President Obama to one of his predecessors with an eye for the ladies.
Family Portrait Photographer or Snapshot Artists – Whom Do You Trust?
Photographer Annie Leibovitz has the knack for capturing the essence of her subjects rather than merely rendering the momentary services of an average family portrait photographer. That being said, will you look to the Obama family portrait as being the bona fide measure of the man, or will you be swayed by the occasional and easy to misinterpret or manipulate snapshot?
For example, when photos of President George W. Bush running with Staff Sergeant Mike McNaughton – as shown on Snopes — were first published on the Internet, they were used alternately by supporters and detractors as praiseworthy or shameful. Then there is the snapshot that shows Mr. Bush’s holding a book upside down (also courtesy of Snopes), which gave ample fodder to those, who would paint the president as being less than smart. This photo turned out to be manipulated and therefore a fraud.