Photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel With President Trump at G7 Summit Goes Viral

Photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel With President Trump at G7 Summit Goes Viral

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Instagram account is not one you’d normally associate with a viral photo, but these are strange times we’re living in.

Normally, a photo of talking heads at a meeting is about as boring as it gets. The key, as every photojournalist assigned to cover one of these knows, is to watch for interesting facial expressions and body language. In that regard, official German Government Photographer Jesco Denzel did an amazing job capturing the sentiments of the officials involved in the G7 summit in Canada. Check out the photo:

The photo’s interpretation could depend on which side you’re on: on one hand, the leaders of six industrialized nations are staring down a seemingly intransigent U.S. president and on the other hand, President Trump could be seen as showing strength in the face of long odds against his recent trade moves.

While the photo posted by the German government was easily the strongest of the bunch, there were a few other interpretations of events. Here’s one from the French President Emmanuel Macron:

And the one from the United States:

The other two photos also show how important having a trained photographer is to document events, historic or not. Denzel’s photo was head and shoulders above the others posted, and sadly, most sources didn’t properly credit him (including the U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who credited Merkel’s spokesperson). You can see more of Denzel’s work here.

What do you think of the photo that was posted by Merkel? What’s your interpretation? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Lead image by 内閣官房内閣広報室, used under Creative Commons.

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Wasim Ahmad is an assistant teaching professor teaching journalism at Quinnipiac University. He's worked at newspapers in Minnesota, Florida and upstate New York, and has previously taught multimedia journalism at Stony Brook University and Syracuse University. He's also worked as a technical specialist at Canon USA for Still/Cinema EOS cameras.

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It's an excellent photo but I don't think it means anything. Kinda like the photos you see on the cover of tabloids in the supermarket. It is fun to speculate, though. :-)

No need to speculate, Trump cutting ties with everyone. Comes late, eats the food, leaves early, contribute nothing.

The photo with Angela Merkel hovering above him while he is sitting with his arms crossed is a good one. Looks like a governess scolding a spoiled little child.

His demeanor says it all about his insecurities. He cannot conduct a regular conversation, he talks and never listen. Even in this photo he is dying to get up and leave. Then again, can't blame him, must be hard for him. He probably does not get half of what is happening around him :-).

Good job with this photo.

"... there are many working 'professionals' who would have no issue changing and skewing facts as a result of their ideology. "

This professional does not have to :-). In fact, it would be impossible to make it any different even if he (the pro) wanted to,. Mr. Trump does a great job being the child.

Whatever you say skippy. :-)


Next time we will send the best you Motti that way our news media will be hard pressed to offer any comments!

Some people have Trump Derangement Syndrome and, in regards to the president, will turn every neutral into a negative and every positive into a negative.

The photos are indeed interesting. Most people do not like abrupt change that cost them money, including heads of state. The photos show that there is change and that Trump is the reason for it.

Change is good but if you believe that his nut maneuvers will cost only those in Canada and Europe, think again.

I absolutely agree regarding the 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'. Although I don't watch TV (I read the news), while Trump was running for presidency a friend suggested that as an alternative method of entertainment I should browse to CNN web site.

He was right. I could not believe how low they would go to belittle him. It was hard to grasp the fact that a news network can actually spend hours, days, weeks, months talking about and belittling one person. I don't have much respect for news network as it is, especially those on the left, but that was a new low.

As a Canadian I don't usually care who runs the US (we have our own problems). Since we have such an integrated economies -and it has been like that long before NAFTA- we always assumed that whatever policies a US president, or a Canadian PM have, our economies will always be part of our relationship.


In the beginning Trump was a breath of fresh air. He was a sharp contrast to the entitled child that runs our country who cares more about his PC socks and state paid family vacations than actually working.

Trump's 'America First' made sense. Every leader should put his/her country first. He also made some good moves and said some smart things. Stopping funds to the UN is one of them.

However, as time passes he started looking more like an insecure insolent child than a smart leader. Making policies is one thing but when a politician stoop to personal insults it's time to tune out.

I wish you Americans all the best with him. Jobs the US lost are not coming back any time soon. Jobs are lost thanks to technology, not trade agreements. if anything, this global village that we live in, this president is so eager to leave, was a huge advantage to the US economy.

As more and more countries lose trust in the American people (and it has been happening rapidly), your economy will get worse.

For example, for most part It was cheaper to buy tech from the US than develop it in house but the attitude the US has shown recently AND the rapid growth of tech in China, Israel, Korea etc.will push countries to either find other sources (China?) or develop it in house.

As Canadians we will certainly feel the latest tariff imposed by the US, after all, the US has been our biggest client. However, the good thing is that we will now get to work and find other partners, something we should have done 20 years ago.

Instead of shipping crude oil and lumber at basement prices down south, we should refine our own crude and finish our own wood and sell at premium to others.

By the way, in my opinion, the photo of Merkel and him sitting is a VERY accurate representation of what was going on.

Now back to photography :-)

Now THIS was the kind of commentary I could have wished for from the start. Well thought out and stated. While I may disagree with some of your conclusions, I applaud your approach! :-)

Very much appreciated, thank you.

oh, it will be the most memed photo in recent history, soon!

Wait for next week photos showing a very surprised Trump at the meeting with Kim.
Actualy, which is the name and which the surname of Kim? Just asking.

His father was Kim Jong-il and his grandfather was Kim Il-sung. Kim is his surname.

It's a pretty powerful photograph. All three together really show that Trump is acting like a petulant child.

Looks to me like their mad because they cant get their way like they could with the previous idiots that some how stayed in office and almost ruined 300 years of the greatest nation on earth. But some times the obvious is hard to see when your not looking!

Lol. You made my day.
There is nothing wrong about being proud of your country. Every body should be, good on you. But you do realise America was founded in 1776, so for the first 60 years the greatest nation on earth was... Great Britain?
Sorry for being so obvious :)

Really great photo. Merkle and Eurocrats begging Trump not to take away their free lunch. Photos also show the Japanese clearly on Trump's side.

Really? I was thinking maybe they're discussing what to have for lunch: McDonalds (Trump) or sauerbraten (Merkle). Abe is holding out for saba shioyaki, which is also one of my favorites! :-D

Its a question of the point of view. Actualy Macron is talkink to don Trump and Merkel is waiting on his answer or reaction. Anyway a perfect journalist picture capturing perfectly a meeting of allies...joking.

They are allies but if they went in with one mind, there'd be no point in meeting. Just a thought.

One President wants to be "part of the club", the other is actually negotiating for those he represents.

Yeah, sure. He is representing the richest one percent of the USA. He doesn't give a damn about the lower paid people.

you have no foundation for that comment. maybe you are confusing him with the Clinton's

To the uneducated or blind haters of anything democratic, his actions may seem admirable. However, to the rest of the world he is the rude guy that wants to break all ancient relations within the Western part of the world.

He will start a trade war that won't benefit anyone and will result in everybody losing. Plus the fact that a large part of the US manufacturing businesses is non-existent and not really competitive.
Especially in the steel manufacturing business, the USA lacks a lot of know how and doesn't even know how to produce certain kinds of steel anymore. Besides, too many of the steel manufacturing plants have rusted down. Most of the surplus of the cheap steel comes from China.
Trump doesn't dare to attack China because the humongous debt they have. That 1,19 trillion dollars debt of the 6,29 trillions dollars in debt held by other foreign countries.

The USA has to wake up.

The first thing he did was getting tax cuts for the uberrich.

see the websites your pointing too, fake news mate. how about bill clinton raping his intern lowinski ? and what do you know being a dutchman, its not even your country toch ?

"Uneducated or blind haters"?

"Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

"'s always appropriate to question another man or woman's judgement. But it's never appropriate to question their motive, because you don't know." Joe Biden

what if,...what if Trump gets it done that the "war" or threat with North korea gets fixed and its over, and what if Trump gets the problems solved with Russia. i bet you that the Clinton supporters still have something against Trump. even if Trump solves world hunger and fixes all the wars in the middle east. even then the liberal clinton supports will hate Trump. and thats exactly what it is, blind hate against Trump. nothing he does and nothing he will do will open their eyes.

if you follow what he does you cant do anything but love him. he is a business man playing the business game. Trump is brilliant in playing that game. and he wins doing it.

In the original Jurassic Park, the T-Rex took out the velociraptors at the end of the movie. That didn't make her a friend of the people. I applaud or criticize people's actions, separate from the qualities that makes me love them more or less (I don't hate anyone). I've always said, if President Obama were my neighbor, I'd probably invite him over for a barbeque but I really didn't want him as my president. So far, Trump is doing a pretty good job (in my opinion) as president. I will not be inviting him over for a barbeque. :-/

if he brings ivanka and melania, im going to invite them over every weekend,.


Don't forget Stormy!

a stormy BBQ, dipp flying everywhere,.

Oh you figured it all out shame not everyone read those secret reports you mention in your above links on the other hand its good because fairy tales can go viral. Just remember your boss is not your friend and nice guys finish last.

On #1 the world was fine.

did you notice that unlike obama or the clintons Trump is actually doing what he promised during his election ? he is standing up against companies that export lower income jobs to low wage countries like mexico and china. and unlike Obama, Trump is actually doing something for the blacks.

i bet i can guess who is a dem or a rep.......................MAGA.

Trump is a hero, he is about to write history. something non of the other world leaders have done and that is sign peace between the two korea's. Trump is such a boss and he no longer accepts the rest of the world using the US for their agenda. gotta lova that man.

STFU you retard!

"Scott is a people driven person and thrives on the creative energy that comes from working as a team."
" can count on Scott to be pleasant, engaging and fun to work with."

Sam give him a break there has to be followers to have leaders and not many people can see the way. I have lots of friends who think there is no deep state, and here are a few others that make sense to those followers...
You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the UN. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you
can find.

You can give everyone health care if you can find any practicing doctors.

We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."

I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".

We'll practice trickle-down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.

I'm a Log Cabin Republican and job creator at an abortion clinic who drives a Ford Expedition and listens to John Lennon all the time. Where do I fit in?

Identity politics are silly. These posts are silly. And the national anthem is called "The Star-Spangled Banner" BTW, and the U.S. isn't 300 years old, LOL.

Wow that's really embarrassing :(

What and why?

Since we're all photographers with many levels of experience, we know with today's cameras, even my older 5DIII, images can be captured milliseconds apart. We will never see what was captured seconds before or after. It could be that one or both were smiling. All you have to do is view photographs on the different news feeds. You can bet that if, say, FOX News has a photographer standing right next to a photographer from MSNBC, both shooting Nikon D5s, the images that are published will have been cherry picked from the hundreds of shots. The choices will be, Trump looks presidential, or Trump looks like a moron.

Of course, we have our own thought processes as proven by the replies here. Some are restrained and cordial, others, not so much. I wear my Libertarianism on my sleeve, so I disagree with Liberals AND Conservatives. I could easily make enemies of most of you. :-)


i remember canon, they made printers didnt they ?

Yes they did and that's why I won't buy anything made by them. About 20+ years ago, I moonlighted at BestBuy in their PC repair department. We got back more Canon printers than all other manufacturers combined!

That was a long time ago! I was turned off to pro-grade inkjets by some bad experiences with Epson printers 10-15 years ago, but times have really changed. I took the plunge and bought a Canon Pixma Pro-10 and it changed my mind about professional printing at home.

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