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June 28, 2004

Lead Photos: The Hand that Rocks the Hand Over

Although we’re rapidly becoming familiar with hostage photos, the specific content of one is always unique from another. Also, the selection of one specific shot over another or the specific composition of the shot will also carry particular associations. How would you read the political subtext of this lead photo from today’s New York Times?

a.) Almost three years into this war and we’re still wondering: Who are these guys?

b.) The real hand over is up to the insurgents

c.) Hey, isn’t that Arab-American also a Marine?

d.) Worse comes to worse, we can always blame it on Aljazerra

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