A picture may be worth 1000 words, but context is everything. Roberto Schmidt, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer who took the infamous selfie photo, was surprised to hear about the criticism behind what he referred to as a reflexive shot. Here is some of what he wrote on the AFP blog:
I later read on social media that Michelle Obama seemed to be rather peeved on seeing the Danish prime minister take the picture. But photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.
It was interesting to see politicians in a human light because usually when we see them it is in such a controlled environment. Maybe this would not be such an issue if we, as the press, would have more access to dignitaries and be able to show they are human as the rest of us.
I confess too that it makes me a little sad we are so obsessed with day-to-day trivialities, instead of things of true importance.