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New York - On The Sidelines Of The 2016 Presidential Campaign

Published on: July 14, 2016 09:30 PM
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Reuters photographer Mike Blake (R) chats to a man at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Reuters photographer Mike Blake (R) chats to a man at a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

New York - For the scores of photographers on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign trail, capturing the characters, the color and the vibe of the election often means turning away from the speaker on the podium.

“The audience, the voters and the candidate are equally important,” said Brian Snyder, who has been a photographer for Reuters for more than 20 years.

“The voters need the candidates and the candidates need the voters. Any way you can show that visually is a good campaign picture as far as I’m concerned.”

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Take, for example, the window full of young Bernie Sanders supporters that Snyder photographed at Bronx Community College in New York, waving to the U.S. senator from Vermont. Sanders won enthusiastic support from young people in his hard-fought race against the eventual presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Umbrellas hang from a tree outside a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York April 11, 2016. U.S. Secret Service did not permit audience members to bring umbrellas in to the rally. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Umbrellas hang from a tree outside a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York April 11, 2016. U.S. Secret Service did not permit audience members to bring umbrellas in to the rally. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Or look at the tree with umbrellas hanging to dry on it outside a rainy Sanders rally in Buffalo, New York, after the Secret Service prevented supporters from carrying them inside.

“I’m sure one person did it, and then the other person thought it was a good idea, and then the next thing you know, there are 30 umbrellas,” Snyder said. “It was just one of those funny things.”

Veteran Reuters photographer Mike Segar described covering this year’s U.S. presidential campaign as “strangely fun.”

In a 23-year Reuters career, Segar has covered five presidential elections, but said that this one was different, especially with New York businessman Donald Trump, who became the presumptive Republican nominee, playing a starring role.

“The tone of the Trump campaign makes everything different for everybody,” Segar said. He added that heightened security around Trump had also impacted how photographers illustrate the campaign.

Segar took a photograph of one of his own meals when he was covering a Clinton rally: hamburger meat on a bed of undressed spinach in a tinfoil to-go container.

A photographer lies on the floor to photograph  U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a news conference in Derry, New Hampshire February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar A photographer lies on the floor to photograph U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a news conference in Derry, New Hampshire February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

“I was trying to give viewers a little bit of a different taste of what we see on a day to day basis,” Segar said with a laugh.

“Your photos don’t necessarily have to capture the most earth-shattering moments of the campaign, but they have to capture people’s interest.”

Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson said he always looked for a different angle at rallies.

In one of his photos, young reporters can be seen staring into the screens of their Macbook laptops at a Sanders rally in Pennsylvania.

“Usually cameras are pointed at the candidate,” Jackson Said.

“I’m always looking to add context.”

Cameras are seen at Reuters photo position on the press riser for a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. April 27, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Cameras are seen at Reuters photo position on the press riser for a campaign rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. April 27, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A combination picture shows people attending a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally and wearing t-shirts supporting his campaign in Anaheim, California, United States May 25, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A combination picture shows people attending a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally and wearing t-shirts supporting his campaign in Anaheim, California, United States May 25, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A man wears a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz skull cap following a campaign event at a synagogue in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 7, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A man wears a U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz skull cap following a campaign event at a synagogue in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., April 7, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Journalists and onlookers watch live television as FBI Director James Comey speaks about U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while U.S. Secretary of State, in Charlotte, North Carolina July 5, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Journalists and onlookers watch live television as FBI Director James Comey speaks about U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while U.S. Secretary of State, in Charlotte, North Carolina July 5, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Pictures of the faces of U.S. presidential candidates are placed on the bodies of mannequins in a store front window at a shopping centre in West Des Moines, Iowa, United States, February 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Pictures of the faces of U.S. presidential candidates are placed on the bodies of mannequins in a store front window at a shopping centre in West Des Moines, Iowa, United States, February 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A campaign sign for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is taped over and placed on a garbage can at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan, March 5, 2016. The word "Future" is under the tape, which is a slogan for the Sanders' campaign.  (Credit: REUTERS)A campaign sign for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is taped over and placed on a garbage can at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan, March 5, 2016. The word "Future" is under the tape, which is a slogan for the Sanders’ campaign.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Journalists cover U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 22, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "A lot of time spent on the campaigns is spent waiting for candidates to arrive or listening to similar speeches over and over."  (Credit: REUTERS)Journalists cover U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 22, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "A lot of time spent on the campaigns is spent waiting for candidates to arrive or listening to similar speeches over and over."  (Credit: REUTERS)
A woman clears litter in front of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plane, after a campaign rally, in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A woman clears litter in front of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s plane, after a campaign rally, in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A member of the media waits inside as he is checked by security at an event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bethpage, New York, U.S., April 6, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A member of the media waits inside as he is checked by security at an event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Bethpage, New York, U.S., April 6, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Extension cords are plugged in to feed the media riser at a U.S Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally in Rome, New York, U.S., April 12, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Extension cords are plugged in to feed the media riser at a U.S Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally in Rome, New York, U.S., April 12, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A man stands on an empty stage waiting for supporters to arrive before a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "This man served as a light test to see it it was possible to use this large light fixture as a compositional element when the crowd and candidate were present."  (Credit: REUTERS)A man stands on an empty stage waiting for supporters to arrive before a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 21, 2016. Lucas Jackson: "This man served as a light test to see it it was possible to use this large light fixture as a compositional element when the crowd and candidate were present."  (Credit: REUTERS)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders exits to a limousine after speaking at a campaign rally on New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S., April 24, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders exits to a limousine after speaking at a campaign rally on New Haven Green in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S., April 24, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
People look down at U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he arrives for a campaign rally at Bronx Community College in New York April 9, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)People look down at U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as he arrives for a campaign rally at Bronx Community College in New York April 9, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A worker takes a light meter reading ahead of the election night rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the New York presidential primary election in New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A worker takes a light meter reading ahead of the election night rally for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the New York presidential primary election in New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A woman wearing a Trump hat takes a photo after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A woman wearing a Trump hat takes a photo after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, U.S. June 1, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Members of the media work on press charter plane following U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., February 11, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Members of the media work on press charter plane following U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, U.S., February 11, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A security guard at Brooklyn College looks out at the motorcade of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New York April 8, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)A security guard at Brooklyn College looks out at the motorcade of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in New York April 8, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Snacks are put out on a table for supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Wisconsin primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, April 5, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)Snacks are put out on a table for supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Wisconsin primary night rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, April 5, 2016.  (Credit: REUTERS)


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