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When One Picture Makes Two Magazine Covers… (Make that three covers)

March 9, 2011

From the many pictures that came out of Libya, one image of the Libyan leader Qaddafi found its way to two magazine covers: The Economist and The Weekly Standard. The Economist used a touch of “blood and oil” colors to accent the picture and The Weekly Standard opted for the straight shot. Which magazine do you think did the better job with the picture? It is amazing when you think that there were probably thousands of pictures to pick from, and two magazines on both sides of the Atlantic chose the same picture. I guess great pictures still dictate the great editors’ choices. Judge for yourself.
Addendum: Well, that is not the end of the story, thanks to a comment from Jean Pluvinage (see the comments section) the Brazilian news weekly Veja also used the same image. See below

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3 comments

  1. That is INDEED interesting! I think the “blood and oil” cover is probably the better use of graphics and text. imho


  2. Actually, there are THREE magazines with the same picture in the same side of the Atlantic. The brazilian weekly VEJA magazine also used the image (http://goo.gl/hqHkX). I guess we can only praise the photographer for doing such a powerful portrait.


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