Photog Behind Most Iconic Obama Picture Revealed

02/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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I believe that last week I solved the biggest photographic mystery of the 2008 election: I found the photographer who took the photo that was the source for Shepard Fairey's iconic Obama HOPE prints.

My search began last fall, when I recognized that Fairey's prints were becoming the definitive visual of the campaign, and I began asking everyone from Amanda Fairey, the artist's wife, to Holly Hughes, the editor of Photo District News, if they knew who took the original photo. No one could seem to pin it down. Shepard Fairey was on record as saying it came from a Google Image search, but couldn't (or wouldn't) track it back to the source.

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