Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen for Elsevier Magazine

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It's a rare treat to get the monthly envelope of tearsheets and see a magazine using your absolute favorite image from the shoot as the lead. I spent a day last month with Maxime Verhagen, whose position was described to me as "the Condoleezza Rice of the Netherlands." Despite the typical stage-managing that follows any politician being covered by the media, I felt like the photos showed a bit of the inner workings of the Dutch government. It's not often that I get these more pure photojournalistic assignments and this one was particularly enjoyable given the range of photo opportunities and the crash course I received in European perceptions of the American government from the writer (which were not dissimilar to some of the issues John Kifner touched on in the excellent first issue of Dispatches).