Is mrs. Merkel that schoolboy Donald terechtwijst? Or king of Trump-the only one that sits, surrounded by smekelingen? The G7 may have failed, the image was very successful.
It is but a snapshot, but what a dramatic power speaks from the photo of the G7 in Canada since Saturday night the world turns. It is politics in action. And that at a time …
It is but a snapshot, but what a dramatic power speaks from the photo of the G7 in Canada since Saturday night the world turns. It is politics in action. And that at a time when the world order of the past seventy years is staggering, and doubts grow about the durability of the bond between America and its allies.
The photo is made by Jesco Denzel, an official photographer of the German government (and this year’s winner of the World Press Photo in the category Contemporary Issues, with a series from Lagos). The G7 was taking pictures of Saturday night European time per tweet into the world by the spokesman of chancellor angela Merkel – and immediately on social media such as impressive picture recognized and massively distributed.
The scene looks like a classic dynamic group portrait of the seventeenth-century painting, or a scene from an opera. With Angela Merkel as the deceived woman who story to come and pick up, dominant forwards. Her opponent in this confrontational duet, president Trump, sitting defensively with his arms crossed, and silent. The Japanese prime minister shinzo Abe looks vorsend. The British prime minister, May is hardly.
Power Line Merkel-Trump
Those who look closer, will see that the power line Merkel-Trump is crossed by another duet. Diagonally behind Trump state security advisor, John Bolton, and he is the word. If an opera by a contemporary of Verdi’s or Wagner, it would be the important role of this only seemingly second-rate character, not coincidentally, are emphasized with his large mustache and in a sea of blue suits, the only bright red powertie. On this man we should look out for!
Bolton is not with Merkel in conversation, but with the Macron. Everything happens at the same time, it is quite chaotic – musical would be tremendous exciting, in politics no less.
The power of the image is also evidenced by the multitude of interpretations that are possible. But spokesman saw there are undoubtedly a great propaganda coup: the chancellor on behalf of the others standing up to the man that agreements, treaties and alliances of his boot lapt. So, 1-0 for Germany, or Europe, or the rest of the world.
Or isn’t it? Later tweeted also Trumps advisor Bolton the photo around, with a text that emphasizes that Trump here steadfastly refuses once again to get a time and a G7 to act as a donor for the rest of the world. “The president made today are clear: we don’t do that anymore.”
Another angle, another image
Even more complex is it all, if you are viewing images that the photographers of other government spread: Macron pressure gesticulerend as the center of attention – and of the power, as is the suggestion. Or Trump speaking, both with his voice as his hands, while everyone is attentively listening to him, the one who sits, as an undisputed king between the standing smekelingen.
Within a few hours was the iconic status of the photograph as it has grown, playful captions for were made (“His lunchbox. Where did your minister shinzo’s lunchbox hidden?’) or beeldvariaties (the table where Merkel on leaning into the table of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, with the disciples around it). The G7 may this time have failed, in terms of image, the top is rarely as successful.