April 4, 2008

Union Embrace

Union Embrace

On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, I thought it fitting to embrace this image from the NYT slide show “Wednesday on the Trail.”

NYT photographer Damon Winter captured these two union officials right after Obama finished speaking at an A.F.L.-C.I.O. meeting in Philadelphia.  The pink-skinned man with the white hair and creme coat offers a profound contrast with the brown man in the black coat, the two linked in arms, with the symmetry of their glasses forming a more subtle, but definitive bridge.  The letters, PR, by the way, do not allude to PR, like the kind which distracts us from more genuine feeling and thought.  In this case, they form the first two letters of the word “Proud.”

Also, I can’t be sure, but if that is Obama framed between the two men, he literally fits as the connecting element.


And, from The BAG archive:

Heartbreak Hotel: a previous

take on the Lorraine

(Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times.  April 2, 2007. nytimes.com)

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