vrijdag 16 december 2011

the Photobook of the Year 2011 Qaddafi's Condoleeza Rice Photo Album Photography

Among the many bizarre items uncovered as Libyan rebels ransacked Muammar Gaddafi's Tripoli compound: an album filled with photos of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

The discovery was perhaps not surprising given Gaddafi's much-professed admiration of the former US Secretary of State, MSNBC is noting. "I support my darling black African woman," Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television in 2007, according to The Guardian. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders...Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin." 

In 2008, Rice historically became the first US Secretary of State to visit Tripoli since 1953. She and Gaddafi are reported to have enjoyed a private dinner, during which a State Department reportindicates the Libyan leader also showered his visitor with an estimated $212000 worth of gifts -- including a diamond ring in a wooden box, a lute and an accompanying DVD, and a locket with Qaddafi's own picture inside. And, as it now comes out, he apparently assembled — or had a minion assemble — a photo album dedicated exclusively to Ms. Rice. Which just goes to show that even murderous dictators can have high-school crushes. See also  

Greetings from Libya, Jordan, Oman, Jemen, Iran, Algeria, Syria, Saudi Arabia & Marocco

See for more lists :

TIME’s Best of 2011: The Photobooks We Loved 
photo-eye The best Books of 2011  
NYT Our Top Ten Photo Books of 2011

Best PhotoBooks for 2011 – another Wonderful Year

RICK, 28 YEARS SINGLE Hans Aarsman's Photobook of the year 2011 Rick Hekman Photography

ICP The Best of “The Best Photobooks of 2011” by Russet Lederman

Conscientious My favourite photobooks this year 2011

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