Photographer Roberto Schmidt Divulge The Tale Behind Obama Selfie

Posted On 12 Dec 2013
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Tag: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, photo controversy, selfie

From time to time, the Danish Prime Minister pulled out her cell phone and she was photographed smiling with Cameron and Obama.

The agency AFP photographer, who captured images where U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a picture ‘selfie’ Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, and the Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, during the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, is Roberto Schmidt, Colombian-German origin.

Through blog news agency AFP, the photographer told the story behind the controversial photograph and assumptions wave of anger about the alleged Michelle Obama.

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Roberto describes his photo in three world leaders “like kids having fun instead of behaving with the seriousness it expected” look.

“I guess it’s a symbol of our time that somehow achieves this more attention than the event itself,” adds Schmidt, born in Bogotá.

Account that came to South Africa with seven photographers over AFP and captured that image when the ceremony honoring Mandela Stadium in Johannesburg (South Africa) took nearly two hours of starting. After his speech, Obama sat as about 150 meters from where he was installed, details the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

The U.S. president was surrounded by other international dignitaries and there Roberto decided to follow his movements with his lens.

About the photo controversy ‘selfie’ adds that, from one moment to another, the Danish Prime Minister pulled out her cell phone and she was photographed smiling with Cameron and Obama. “I captured that scene reflecting. All South Africans around me was dancing, singing and smiling in honor of their late leader. Was more of a carnival atmosphere than a morbid scene?”

Also about the faces of Michelle Obama, the photographer stressed that pictures can lie. “Later I read in social networks that Michelle Obama looked quite upset with the Danish Prime Minister for taking a selfie. But pictures can lie. Just a few seconds before the first lady was joking with Cameron and Schmidt. “

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