5 Photos, 5 Opposing Stories At G7. It's The German Version That's Viral

It was the German version showing Chancellor Angela Merkel that went viral, popping up all over social media

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5 Photos, 5 Opposing Stories At G7. It's The German Version That's Viral

One key moment in a two-day meeting. Five official photos. Five opposing stories (AFP)

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Highlights

  1. Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials
  2. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are standing
  3. Italian premier Giuseppe Conte's version was relatively humble
The G7 summit was coming down to the wire. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials. Across a narrow table, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron are standing, holding copies of a draft text, arguing for their position.

One key moment in a two-day meeting. Five official photos. Five opposing stories.

The first view outsiders got of the scene came at 10.45am, when White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders released a photo taken inside the room.

In the US version, we see Donald Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a skeptical almost sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.
 
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Donald Trump is seen here, apparently calm, leaning back confidently, with a skeptical almost sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders

Ten minutes later, the French president's office responded with a quite different view of the very same scene.
 
emmanuel macron pov g7 summit twitter

The French photo shows Emmanuel Macron negotiating with his American counterpart, gesticulating to make a point. The other leaders have fixed him with their regard, apparently fascinated

Taken from the opposing angle, the French photo shows Macron negotiating with his American counterpart, gesticulating to make a point. The other leaders have fixed him with their regard, apparently fascinated.

Merkel's face is hidden by a neighboring official's head.  

This would not stand, and when Merkel's press team responded they brought the big guns.
 
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Angela Merkel's press team responded with their own photo, bringing out the big guns. Angela Merkel can be seen here, with her fists planted on the table, as she looms above an apparently nervous Donald Trump, looking up at her and listening without response. Emmanuel Macron is masked by the crown of leaders and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is invisible.

Taken by Jezco Denzel, a photographer working the German government and winner of a category award in this year's prestigious World Press Photo award, the German picture shows Merkel dominant.

Her fists planted on the table, she looms above an apparently nervous Trump, looking up at her and listening without response. Macron is masked by the crowd, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May invisible.

Something about the photo caught the imagination of the web, and it was the German version that went viral, popping up all over social media, sometimes in its original form sometimes altered for humorous or satirical ends.

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte's version when it came was relatively humble, perhaps reflecting that he has been in the jobs for fewer than three full days.

He is seen from behind, clutching a document, addressing Merkel and Macron.
 
giuseppe conte pov g7 summit twitter

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte's photo was relatively humble. The photo reflects that he has been in the job for fewer than three full days. He can be seen from behind, clutching a document and addressing Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

So it fell to the hosts, Canada, to have the final word in the war of the images, releasing their picture just after 2:00pm on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's account.
 
justin trudeau pov g7 summit twitter

Canada, having the final word in the war of images, released their photo just after 2 pm. As befits his role as annual chairman of the G7, and perhaps Canada's tradition of peacekeeping operations, the photo is taken from the side and shows Donald Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals. Justin Trudeau can be seen keeping a paternal eye, seemingly as a referee

As befits his role as annual chairman of the G7, and perhaps Canada's tradition of peacekeeping operations, the picture is taken from the side, impartially showing Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals.

All appear to be working in tandem to resolve their differences -- albeit under the keen but paternal eye of Trudeau, appearing in the figure of a referee.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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