TIME Magazine Trump Covers

TIME Magazine regularly features Donald Trump on the Cover. Some are photos and many are illustrations.

One image of Trump sitting on a chair with his back to the camera had an enormous about of symbolism in the way the props were were chosen and the image was framed.

I had misplaced this issue and the following issue which explained the photographer’s intentions, I will try to locate that information,.

TIME Commentary from TIME Magazine


Photographer: Nadav Kander

Trump on the cover of time. Oblivious to the meaning of the set and positioning.

Trump on the cover of time. Oblivious to the meaning of the set and positioning.

Commentary on the Image.,

From the Article:


The Chair

The chair chosen for Trump's Time cover. NADAV KANDER/AFP

The masterstroke, the single detail that completes the entire image, is the chair. Trump is seated in what looks to be a vintage “Louis XV” chair (so named because it was designed in France under the reign of King Louis XV in the mid-18th century). The chair not only suggests the blindly ostentatious reigns of the French kings just before the revolution, but also, more specifically, the reign of Louis XV who, according to historian Norman Davies, “paid more attention to hunting women and stags than to governing the country” and whose reign was marked by “debilitating stagnation,” “recurrent wars,” and “perpetual financial crisis” (sound familiar?).

The brilliance of the chair however, is visual rather than historical. It’s a gaudy symbol of wealth and status, but if you look at the top right corner, you can see a rip in the upholstery, signifying Trump’s own cracked image. Behind the bluster, behind the glowing displays of wealth, behind the glittering promises, we have the debt, the tastelessness, the demagoguery, the racism, the lack of government experience or knowledge (all of which we unfortunately know too well already). Once we notice the rip, the splotches on the wood come into focus, the cracks in Trump’s makeup, the thinness of his hair, the stain on the bottom left corner of the seat –  the entire illusion of grandeur begins to collapse. The cover is less an image of a man in power than the freeze frame of a leader, and his country, in a state of decay. The ghostly shadow works overtime here – suggesting a splendor that has already passed, if it ever existed at all.