Official PortraitsKlaus ZwangsleitnerPrice: £19.99
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Each member of the United Nations was asked to submit the official portrait of their head of state. The result is a surprisingly diverse and revealing collection of every leader and how they present themselves to the rest of the world. With little editorial influence, objectively the portraits seem to possess a similar aim: to convey the desired attributes of their sitter. At the same time the methods and means vary greatly, from snapshots to full-length portraits with dramatic backdrops; each one is personal to a nation.
Authority, leadership, stability, benevolence, even grace: these are some of the qualities state leaders seek to portray in their official portraits.

When all member states of the United Nations were asked to submit the official portrait of their Head of State the diversity was surprising: ranging from snapshots to staged tableaux in generic offices, from full-length portraits in front of stately buildings to close-ups before national emblems. Some portraits invoke the bureaucratic machinery that went into their production, while others seem more indebted to personal whimsy; even the banality of the everyday snapshot occasionally creeps into these staged displays of official power.

Editorial influence is kept to a minimum. The selection of a single image to be reproduced in this volume was always left to the submitting embassies or governmental press offices. Organised alphabetically by state,
Official Portraits allows these images to speak for themselves.
ISBN: 978-1-904563-33-4
Publication Year: 2004
Binding: Hardback with padded cover
Pages: 208
Format: 155 x 205
Illustrations: 191 colour
Retail Price: UK £19.99 \ US $30.99 \ EURO €24.00 \ CAN $39.95 \ AUS $49.95
Designer: Iconic, London
List: Photography/ Current Affairs