Before the Campaign ‘12 results come in this evening, I want to pay my respects to one of America’s finest editorial photographers. I’m constantly taken by his ability to capture meanings on multiple levels. Take his images from candidate Romney’s final blitz, for example. On face value, Stephen Crowley is merely offering glimpses into stagecraft and campaign ephemera. Look further though, and the photos are silent editorials, even essays about the candidate, his personality and political culture.

I want to touch on a few of Crowley’s images that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times slideshow entitled: “To the White House? Or Home to Massachusetts?” as Crowley sees Mitt back to the land of the 1%.

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Why do we need to make Aung San Suu Kyi cuter and cuddlier? I don’t entirely understand it and can only guess it’s what the media wants to reflect now that she is free (or more free than she was). It’s almost as if her accomplishments aren’t enough (when they are).
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(credit: Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images  caption: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition movement, received an honorary degree at Oxford University in England. She studied at Oxford in the 1970s.)
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Why do we need to make Aung San Suu Kyi cuter and cuddlier? I don’t entirely understand it and can only guess it’s what the media wants to reflect now that she is free (or more free than she was). It’s almost as if her accomplishments aren’t enough (when they are).

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(credit: Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition movement, received an honorary degree at Oxford University in England. She studied at Oxford in the 1970s.)

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 Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT). 
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(credit: Oliver Hartung caption:  Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)
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Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT).

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(credit: Oliver Hartung caption: Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)

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Romney poses in front of Solyndra, the solar energy company that went under after receiving millions in federal loan guarantees in an attack on President Obama’s management of the economy. 
Whether outshone in the news cycle by portrait unveilings and verdicts, the story has no political traction or there’s no real visual hook there, photographer Jim Wilson captures Mitt, playing for soundbites, upstaged by a building.
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(credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times caption:  Mitt Romney in California, at the headquarters of Solyndra, a failed solar company that got millions in federal loan guarantees.)
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Romney poses in front of Solyndra, the solar energy company that went under after receiving millions in federal loan guarantees in an attack on President Obama’s management of the economy. 

Whether outshone in the news cycle by portrait unveilings and verdicts, the story has no political traction or there’s no real visual hook there, photographer Jim Wilson captures Mitt, playing for soundbites, upstaged by a building.

via The New York Times

(credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times caption: Mitt Romney in California, at the headquarters of Solyndra, a failed solar company that got millions in federal loan guarantees.)

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Higher education is the new Big Oil and this state university president is one of the few to object to high costs and long term indebtedness. Good luck with that.
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(credit: Andrew Spear/The New York Times caption: E. Gordon Gee, the Ohio State University president, says public colleges and universities need a new model to pay for the costs of education, beyond sticking students with higher tuition and greater debt. “The notion that universities can do business the very same way has to stop,” Mr. Gee said. .)
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Higher education is the new Big Oil and this state university president is one of the few to object to high costs and long term indebtedness. Good luck with that.

via The New York Times

(credit: Andrew Spear/The New York Times caption: E. Gordon Gee, the Ohio State University president, says public colleges and universities need a new model to pay for the costs of education, beyond sticking students with higher tuition and greater debt. “The notion that universities can do business the very same way has to stop,” Mr. Gee said. .)

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Michigan is going to be tough going for Romney. Well, maybe not, now that it’s clear Romney, not President Obama, saved Detroit. 
What, you say that’s hogwash? I’m just going to cheer louder. 
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(credit: Jae C. Hong/The New York Times caption:  Betty Merrow, 79, cheering Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, at a campaign stop in Lansing, Michigan.)
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Michigan is going to be tough going for Romney. Well, maybe not, now that it’s clear Romney, not President Obama, saved Detroit.

What, you say that’s hogwash? I’m just going to cheer louder.

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(credit: Jae C. Hong/The New York Times caption: Betty Merrow, 79, cheering Tuesday for Mitt Romney, the presumptive nominee, at a campaign stop in Lansing, Michigan.)

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Inside-the Beltway shot of the day. 
Well known political handlers watch the Obama’s rally and become just one of the elements of the presidential campaign performance, right up there with supporters, signs, and a marching band. 
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(credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times caption:  White House and campaign staff members, including, from right, Jon Favreau, David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Jay Carney and Jim Messina, watched offstage as President Obama formally kicked off his re-election campaign in Columbus on Saturday.)
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Inside-the Beltway shot of the day.

Well known political handlers watch the Obama’s rally and become just one of the elements of the presidential campaign performance, right up there with supporters, signs, and a marching band.

via The New York Times

(credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times caption: White House and campaign staff members, including, from right, Jon Favreau, David Plouffe, David Axelrod, Jay Carney and Jim Messina, watched offstage as President Obama formally kicked off his re-election campaign in Columbus on Saturday.)

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It will go on without him. NYT photographer Brendan Hoffman deftly captures Newt Gingrich separated from the sideshow of the U.S. presidential campaign. 
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(credit: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times caption: A week after announcing his plans to suspend his campaign, Newt Gingrich formally stepped out of the race Wednesday at a news conference in Arlington, Va.)
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It will go on without him. NYT photographer Brendan Hoffman deftly captures Newt Gingrich separated from the sideshow of the U.S. presidential campaign.

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(credit: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times caption: A week after announcing his plans to suspend his campaign, Newt Gingrich formally stepped out of the race Wednesday at a news conference in Arlington, Va.)

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Occupy teams with AIDS activists in a New York protest. We’ve all been looking for what the Occupy movement will come up with for warmer weather and perhaps, judging by this photo and its caption, Occupy will occupy all other social justice causes. it will certainly boost their membership and reception.
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(credit:  Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters  caption: The police arrested a protester Wednesday near the New York Stock Exchange during a rally by AIDS activists and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.)
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Occupy teams with AIDS activists in a New York protest. We’ve all been looking for what the Occupy movement will come up with for warmer weather and perhaps, judging by this photo and its caption, Occupy will occupy all other social justice causes. it will certainly boost their membership and reception.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters caption: The police arrested a protester Wednesday near the New York Stock Exchange during a rally by AIDS activists and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement.)

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 In this New York Times collage, Ron Paul and the Baptists are paired with nihilism at a Santorum rally. GOP contest defies meaning. 
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(photo credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times caption:  A variety of allegiances were on display as Mr. Santorum spoke at the “Rally for Rick” at Herrin High School.)
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In this New York Times collage, Ron Paul and the Baptists are paired with nihilism at a Santorum rally. GOP contest defies meaning.

via The New York Times

(photo credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times caption: A variety of allegiances were on display as Mr. Santorum spoke at the “Rally for Rick” at Herrin High School.)

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