07 November 2008

The intimate backstage scenes of Obama's election night vigil... that he posted on Flickr

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 1:42 PM on 07th November 2008


Pitting himself as the man to challenge Washington's political elite, Barack Obama has always been about change.
Now America's president elect is putting his money where his mouth is - by using the popular online photograph website Flickr.

Fateful viewing: Barack Obama leans forward and wrings his hands as he watches
John McCain give his concession speech on television during election night



Down time: Perhaps conserving his energy for his acceptance speech,
Mr Obama leans his head back with his feet up on the table next to wife Michelle


Unlike other presidents, whose election night vigils were often be charted in powerful photo essays in journalism heavyweights such as Life magazine, Mr Obama has simply posted his on Flickr.

The astonishing archive shows intimate portraits of Mr Obama with his family, friends and aides, including vice president elect Joe Biden, in a hotel room on election night in Chicago, their eyes glued to the television as the results began to roll on.

Moment before the speech that made history: Obama embraces wife Michelle as they
walk out to make his acceptance speech in Chicago's Grant Park


The snapshots - charting a watershed night in American politics - were taken on a digital camera and posted on the website hours after Mr Obama's victory.

Mr Obama keeps his eyes glued to the television as he talks on the phone surrounded by his equally intent family
Mr Obama keeps his eyes glued to the television as he talks
on the phone surrounded by his equally intent family

Mr Obama takes a rare break from the television to concentrate on his phone call
Mr Obama takes a rare break from the television to concentrate on his phone call

Those viewing the photos are able to leave comments, with most expressing their joy at Mr Obama's win.

Flickr - which can be used and viewed by anyone, anywhere, anytime - is nothing more than a digital photo album often used by family and friends to share snapshots.

That Mr Obama would choose it as a method of sharing his historic night with the world, rather than more traditional photojournalism outlets such as Life or Time magazines, may be indicative of things to come.


Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/world/


See Obama's 'Election Night' Flickr photo album here

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