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December 12, 2012

Hotel Maid Nafissatou Diallo: Reuters Pool Photographer Seth Wenig’s Brilliant Portrait

What I see is brilliant — a photo capturing the hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, looking quite alluring, actually, in this sea of headless male-male-male power suits. (And this is sick, I know, but it’s there … the guy’s hand in his pocket, far right, causing the front of his jacket to press forward just so … and she, looking away. As well, there are the hands of the man in the middle, especially the lower hand on his middle chest, conveying a sense of vanity.) The photo was taken at her settlement hearing in her civil suit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Update: Thanks playera. I should have said power suits/robes. That the middle figure is the judge makes it that much more interesting. Because it’s the judge though, it makes his hand gestures less about vanity than about expressing the last word perhaps. All in all, it’s a wonderfully intriguing photo. As always, I’m interested in your further thoughts.

(photo: Seth Wenig/Pool/Reuters caption: Hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo appears in New York State Supreme Court for a hearing where a settlement in her civil lawsuit against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was expected to be announced, in the Bronx, New York December 10, 2012. Strauss-Kahn and Diallo who accused him last year of attempting to rape her have agreed to a settlement in her civil lawsuit against him. In a court hearing in New York on Monday, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Douglas McKeon announced the two sides had reached a deal to end the litigation, but said details of the settlement, including the amount of any damages to be paid to Diallo by Strauss-Kahn, will not be made public.)

  • playera

    She is standing in front of all the power, including the judge.

    • Earl Mardle

      The power is standing, the victim is seated. That’s the reversal.

      The powerful always stay seated while the less powerful stand. Its the rule.

      That’s why Eastwood’s empty chair was such a miscalculation (among many others); Eastwood thought he was talking down to Obama, but it was Eastwood standing in front of an imaginary, but seated, President. THAT tells you about the power relations.

  • LanceThruster

    So the victim was not as easy to bully as DSK had intitially imagined. She showed some remerkable persistence (as did her legal team – though if the perp did not have such deep pockets, would the trial lawyers have cared as much?).

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