Some Photos of Barack Obama by Callie Shell

Photojournalist Callie Shell has been following the Obama campaign since its inception, capturing some undeniably profound and evocative moments.

From Dirck Halstead's article on Shell:
"Four years ago Time photographer Callie Shell met Barack Obama backstage when she was covering presidential candidate John Kerry. She sent her editor more photographs of Obama than Kerry. When asked why, she said, "I do not know. I just have a feeling about him. I think he will be important down the road." Her first photo essay on Obama was two and half years ago. She has stuck with him ever since."
Below are some samples, with Shell's own commentary. Go HERE for more.

"Waiting: Obama listens from a back stairwell as he is introduced in Muscatine, Iowa. It was his second or third speech of the day. Unlike many of the politicians I have photographed in the past, I find it is easy to get a photograph of Obama alone. He lets his staff do their jobs and not fuss over him. Nov. 7, 2007."

"A Mother's Grief: This woman had lost her son in Iraq. She wanted people to know that it was not unpatriotic to be against the war and for Obama. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2/11/2007."

"I loved that he cleaned up after himself before leaving an ice cream shop in Wapello, Iowa. He didn't have to. The event was over and the press had left. He is used to taking care of things himself and I think this is one of the qualities that makes Obama different from so many other political candidates I've encountered. Nov. 7, 2007."

"Senator Obama was doing press interviews by telephone in a holding room between events. Sometime later as he was getting ready to begin his event, he asked me if I was photographing his shoes. When I said yes, he told me that he had already had them resoled once since he entered the race a year earlier. Providence, R.I., 3/1/2008."

"It was primary morning in New Hampshire. Barack and Michelle Obama had been campaigning separately all week. In the first few months of 2008 their private time seemed to consist of a few crossover moments in back hallways before rallies. This moment was rare and you could tell they just loved being able to sit together. Jan. 8, 2008."


N. Brown said…
These are some incredible photos...

And, weirdly, the shoes tell you a lot. While the RNC spends 150K on Sarah Palin's outfits, Barack Obama resoles his shoes and keeps wearing them. It's an interesting contrast that says a lot about personal values, I think.
BJK said…
i love the one of him cleaning up after himself, too.
No Radio said…
Consistently fantastic photos, but I think you picked some of the best of the bunch.

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to be cynical about this guy. Still totally panicked about what's going to happen in 10 days, but somehow less jaded.

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