Most-liked photo of all time: How photojournalist Scout Tufankjian snapped that shot of Barack hugging Michelle.
Photojournalist Scout Tufankjian has been chronicling the political career of Barack Obama on and off since 2007. During the 2008 campaign, she worked as a journalist for various outlets and shot a book’s worth of photographs. This time around, she was hired by the campaign itself, coming on board in August 2012 as one of two photojournalists on Obama’s campaign team. Her image of the president hugging his wife went viral on Tuesday night when the campaign tweeted it—along with the phrase “Four more years”—after news came that he’d won re-election. The post went on to become the most retweeted in Twitter history, and the image quickly became Facebook’s most-liked ever.
Tufankjian spoke with Behold about the photograph, how and when she snapped it, and what she’s enjoyed most about covering the campaign. The interview has been edited and condensed.
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