Lighting casts unfortunate shadow that no one intended

View Comments
A picture taken and not edited as Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem snapped away during a joint press conference held by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Feb. 25, 2014. He captured Netanyahu gesturing across the stage. Unfortunately for the two leaders, the resultant shadow gave Merkel a faux mustache not unlike that of another, far less reputed, German leader, Adolf Hitler. The Jerusalem Post is not using or distributing the image but it has been widely circulated on social media.

A picture taken and not edited as Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem snapped away during a joint press conference held by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Feb. 25, 2014. He captured Netanyahu gesturing across the stage. Unfortunately for the two leaders, the resultant shadow gave Merkel a faux mustache not unlike that of another, far less reputed, German leader, Adolf Hitler. The Jerusalem Post is not using or distributing the image but it has been widely circulated on social media.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s finger shadow was captured by a photographer as it crossed the lip line of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s face. The photograph shows Mr. Netanyahu pointing at something — and the shadow from his finger splashes a Hitler-like mustache in shadow across Ms. Merkel’s face. A tweet from a Jerusalem Post reader gave a quick reaction: “JPost photographer snaps what must be the most inadvertently hilarious political picture of the decade.”

The photograph was supposed to capture the two world leaders as they shared a press conference stage in Jerusalem.The photo, making Twitter rounds, was nonetheless not published by the Jerusalem Post — though Mediaite reported that the news outlet confirmed the shadow image was genuine, not Photoshopped.

“Just want to clarify that none of the higher-ups at Jpost are pushing that picture. It’s not on our site and won’t be in the newspaper,” tweeted a  member of the Jerusalem Post newsroom. She also tweeted, “Obviously this wasn’t Netanyahu’s intention.”

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 28,158 other followers