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Official Portraits: The Executive Heads of State of the 191 Member States of the United Nations Organization 
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208 pages 
Published 2005 
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Authority, leadership, stability, benevolence, even grace: there are certain qualities that an official portrait should identify in a leader. Yet when the 191 member states of the United Nations were asked to submit the official portrait of their Head of State, the resulting gallery revealed much more.  
Despite the relatively straightforward exigencies of official portraiture and the legacy of a long tradition of the genre in paintings, sculpture, and public monuments, the diversity of these images surprises. They range in scope from semi-private snapshots to staged tableaux in generic offices, from full-length portraits in front of stately buildings to close-ups before national emblems. Some portraits invoke the bureaucratic machinery and the strategizing that went into their production, while others seem more indebted to personal whimsy; even the banality of the everyday snapshot occasionally creeps into these staged displays of official power.  
In Official Portraits, editorial influence is kept to a minimum. The selection of a single image to be reproduced in this volume was left to the states themselves. Organized alphabetically according to leaderís name, this is not a handbook to put faces to nations; rather, the arbitrariness of their arrangement emphasizes the contrivance of these images of power. Official Portraits allows these images to speak for themselves. A look at the "official" portraits of the heads of the 191 member states of the United Nations, including President Lucio Gutierrez of Ecuador, President George W. Bush of the United States of America, Malietoa Tanumafili II of Samoa, President Jacques Chirac of France, President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva of Brazil, and Prime Minister Einars Repse of Latvia. Edited by Berlin Press.  
Essay by Klaus Zwangsleitner. Hardcover, 6 x 8.25 in. / 208 pgs / 191 color.
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