Libya’s Gaddafi takes center frame
The first day of the UN General Assembly is one of those days every year that you both look forward to and dread. With so many world leaders coming to New York to give a speech you know there will be always be news associated with the GA. The problem is very little changes at the UN from year to year and the pictures, of which thousands are shot every day, all tend to look very much the same.
This year we were all looking forward to the first address to the GA by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and as expected he delivered a photo-rich speech for the photographers in attendance. It was one of those speeches that was hard not to get a good photo from no matter where in the hall you were shooting.
We placed three photographers in the assembly hall in our normal left-center-right positions. Everyone had photos of him waving his arms around, gesturing, holding up a book, throwing a book and waving his speech in the air.
However I am not sure anyone was prepared for a speech that lasted over one and a half hours. After looking through hundreds of frames of just Gaddafi, it wasn’t hard to stop and focus on a picture that instantly grabbed my attention of him drinking a glass of water while the President of the 64th session of the General Assembly, Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, rested his head in his hand.
It just seemed like the perfect picture to illustrate how long Gaddafi actually spoke for. The photographer shot it as a horizontal with three people listening in but also cropped into a nice vertical, giving us the chance to offer it two ways to fit two different holes in a newspaper or on a web site.
Top: Mike Segar; Combination photo (L-R) Ray Stubblebine, Mike Segar, Mike Segar; Bottom: Mike Segar