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I made this photograph, of then Democratic Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, below left, when he was with Actor George Clooney and Republican Senator from Kansas, Sam Brownback at the National Press Club in Washington, DC in April 2006. They talked about Human Rights and the current conditions in Darfur.

Tom Gralish, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer contacted me by e-mail late on Inauguration Day as did James Danziger, from Danziger Projects located in New York City, to inform me that my photograph was in fact the basis for the artwork that has now become known as the “HOPE”  and “PROGRESS” posters by artist Shepard Fairey.

Hope and Katrina