Behind the lens: Dodging handlers for a power shot of Hillary ’08

September 25, 2012 | By Joe Raedle | Behind The Lens, News, Photography, Photojournalism

As we were being ushered into the back of the plane, I remember seeing Hillary Clinton wearing a red jacket and talking on her cell phone while standing on the tarmac at the Scranton, Penn. airport after a campaign stop during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign.

Most of the time we would get to see the candidate walking onto the plane or off the plane — but to get a somewhat private moment (her on a cell phone) with no one around her was something that jumped out at me. So instead of heading up the ramp to get my seat on the plane, I was able to get off a couple of frames before a campaign handler said it was time to get on the plane.

That can be a frustrating part of political coverage. The campaign wants to control the image of their candidate and, ideally, get you to shoot what they want you to shoot. So the times that you can break off of the scripted moments and get something like this, even though it isn’t earth shattering in itself, adds to an understanding of who a candidate is at that moment in the campaign.

It isn’t known who she was talking to, but the image of her alone with that power-red jacket on, being guarded by men in black suits against a clean background, seems to sum up some of what it is like to be on the road.


Democratic presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks on the phone as she waits to get on her plane at the Scranton airport after holding a campaign rally at Scranton Cultural Center April 21, 2008 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With one day to go until primary election day the Democratic candidates, Sen. Barack Obama, (D-IL) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) continue to make their points to voters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Editor’s note: After 11 years at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and a stint as a freelancer, Joe Raedle joined Getty Images as a staff photographer in 2000. Based out of Texas, Washington D.C., and now Miami, his assignments vary from documenting outlandish festivities in Louisiana to covering the war in Afghanistan. Joe has frequently embedded with the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, and covered the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath, as well as two presidential campaigns, natural disasters and the Pope’s visit to Cuba. For more election coverage from Getty Images, visit: www.gettyimages.com/election.

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