‘Daggy dad’ or ‘propaganda’? The media’s growing use of official Scott Morrison pictures | Australia news
The pictures appeared on Sunday, first in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, then on Scott Morrison’s personal Instagram account.
There was the PM, standing in his shorts, looking at his phone, with his thongs clearly on. There he was on an exercise bike while in Covid isolation after returning from his trip to Japan. And an extreme close-up, his nose, face and polo shirt, waiting patiently for the Covid-19 test swab to plunge in.
These photos were taken not by an independent photojournalist but by the prime minister’s official photographer, Adam Taylor, formerly of News Corp.
It’s a role that has been around in Australia for five years, and in the US since John F Kennedy.
This year the role of the prime minister’s personal photographer has gained a sharp new prominence, due to the distancing enforced by the pandemic and the opportunities to curate Morrison’s profile on social media.
Mick Tsikas, a veteran political photojournalist for Australian Associated Press, says these “sanitised” and controlled photographs have become more common this year.
“Turnbull did not go as hard on those kind of photos as Morrison did,” he tells Guardian Australia.