This photo will probably go down in history as the most famous “selfie” of all time. It has been scrutinized, analyzed and talked about the moment it hit the internet. But the photographer responsible for the series of photos says it’s much ado about nothing.
AFP photographer Roberto Schmidt was responsible for capturing the moment President Obama posed for a selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (second from left) and British PM David Cameron. Schmidt is insisting Michelle Obama wasn’t upset over anything.
“Photos can lie,” Roberto Schmidt wrote in a blog post “The story behind ‘that selfie.’”
Schmidt says the First Lady herself had been joking and laughing with other dignitaries seated around her just moments before Obama’s selfie scandal.
“Her stern look was captured by chance,” he added.
Schmidt was also shocked how much attention the photos generated.
“I took these photos totally spontaneously, without thinking about what impact they might have. At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you,” he wrote.