Capturing the covert nature of WikiLeaks

December 3, 2010

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson poses for a photograph before a briefing at the Frontline club in London, December 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett  I had an assignment at the Frontline club in Paddington to photograph WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson speaking during a debate at the club. I was fortunate enough to be quite early for the assignment and within minutes Kristinn had arrived and was being interviewed ahead of the main debate. There were no other stills photographers there at that time.

I approached it in the usual way and made sure I had a couple of clear head shots of him talking. I walked around the scene a few times and noticed that I could see Kristinn through the reporters spectacles. I was shooting with available light which was the light from the TV camera set up. I was shooting wide open as that was really all the light that was available to me. I didn’t want to use flash because it would have killed the feel of the picture.

This is a picture that has been done many times before but I thought that given the covert nature of the WikiLeaks story that it was good way to take what is essentially a head shot.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks to a journalist before a briefing at the Frontline club in London, December 1, 2010.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett


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Quite good photo – but I must admit that I find the “formal”one much better. Why? Well, it shows the person Kristinn but the latter is better from technical point of view. Askell

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Posted by garun | Report as abusive

the glaring stare says allot about him. But the second photo is my favorite too. I read it as him being under the bright light as well as the light that he seems to like to shine in dark corners using dubious ethics or outright treason.

Posted by sinophotos | Report as abusive

Good photo. Hrafnsson means “son of a raven” in icelandic. I’m wery proud of that man.

Posted by Dagga | Report as abusive

Hranfsson was one of the good reporters in Iceland and had a made often difficult and strong news in RUV, but the RUV has increasingly been firing people that write against the government.

In my opinion its good that Hranfsson becomes the new face of wikileaks, Assanges takes to much attention from what is in those cables and the warlogs.

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