On the sidelines of the 2016 presidential campaign

Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:59pm EDT
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By Melissa Fares

(Reuters) - 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."

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.

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.   Continued...

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. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson