mercoledì 18 novembre 2015


Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is saluted by an RCMP officer as he carries Justin into Rideau Hall in 1973 to attend an outdoor reception for visiting heads of the Commonwealth countries in Ottawa. As a child, Justin didn't know exactly what his dad did other than that he was the 'boss of Canada.' (Peter Bregg/Canadian Press)

La foto scattate nel 1973 ha recentemente fatto il giro del mondo (Turismo in Canada l'ha inserita nel post per l'elezione di Justin Trudeau a Primo Ministro). E come dietro ad ogni fotografia c'è una storia, anche qui il "racconto" di quel giorno dura fino ai giorni nostri: la storia di 2 padri e dei loro 2 figli le cui vite si incrociano dopo oltre 40 anni.

E' il 10 agosto 1973 ed il fotografo Rod C. MacIvor dell'Ottawa Citizen  ferma un istante toccante fra il saluto ufficiale ed impettito ad un Primo Ministro in arrivo a Government House ed allo stesso tempo un padre giocoso che porta sottobraccio il suo bambino come fosse un pallone da football! Quella Giubba Rossa sarà riuscita a trattenere un sorriso mentre quel bimbo lo fissava negli occhi? Poteva mai immaginare che in quel paffuto biondino stava omaggiando il Primo Ministro del Canada di 42 anni dopo?
L'ufficiale della Royal Canadian Mounted Police si chiama  DENIS LING.
Passano 40 anni da quello scatto fotografico e il 14 febbraio 2013, in una tappa del tour  per sostenere il Partito Liberale alle imminenti elezioni, Justin Trudeau riceve in dono questa stessa fotografia dalle mani di  JEFF LING Ispettore della Royal Canadian Mounted Police a Belleville, Ontario.
Impossibile non commuoversi!
Jeff Ling ha raccontato a Justin Trudeau che i loro padri passavano molto tempo insieme, essendo Denis Ling addetto alla sicurezza del Primo Ministro, ricordando in particolare quel giorno di Natale del 1971 trascorso  nella sala d'attesa del reparto maternità dove nacque Justin.
In casa Ling quel Natale senza papà fu soprannominato  "Operation Newborn".

Justin Trudeau, front runner in the Federal Liberal leadership race, is presented with a famous photograph, which was taken by former Ottawa Citizen photographer Rod MacIvor, by Belleville Police Cst. Jeff Ling at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. Thursday morning, Feb. 14, 2013. (JEROME LESSARDQMI Agency)

La cronaca di quel giorno sulla stampa locale

BELLEVILLE, ONT. - Like a photograph, the tears streaming down Justin Trudeau's face were worth a thousand words.
The frontrunner in the federal Liberal leadership race, who visited Loyalist College in Belleville Thursday morning, said he would have liked to “resist,” but when Belleville Police Const. Jeff Ling presented him with a framed copy of former Ottawa Citizen news photographer Rod MacIvor's famous “PET” photo, the young politician broke into tears.
The famous black-and-white image was taken at 24 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa in 1973 and shows Pierre Elliott Trudeau carrying son Justin like a football as an RCMP officer -- Ling's father -- salutes the colourful prime minister.
MacIvor, who covered the Trudeau family for 10 years as a wire service photographer working for United Press International, earned the National Newspaper Award for feature photography with what he called “PET,” the most pivotal photograph of his career.
“It's Valentine's Day today and my wife wanted to go on stage to present him with the photo,” Ling said, “but she got so nervous that, as I was not getting calls at the time, she asked me to do it.
“And I think it was more fitting that way as my father is in that photo saluting his (father), which obviously touched him.”
Like his father, Trudeau never seems fazed by news photographers. Surrounded by two dozen photojournalism students — who are learning the trade at the community college — snapping away as he wiped away tears, Trudeau said receiving the famous framed photograph hit home.
“I remember Rod telling me great stories about my father and great stories about my mother (whom MacIvor taught photography), but not once have I shed a tear. I tried hard not to, but today I couldn’t help it,” he said.
“So far I have been able to resist, but this being presented to me put me literally in tears, as I am touched and so grateful to the men and women around this country who have chosen to serve this country with police services and the Canadian Forces.”
Trudeau apologized for showing emotion on stage to more than 200 students, Loyalist teaching staff and members of the public who attended his 30-minute speech and question-and-answer.
“I apologize for that,” he said. “I am not a crybaby, but today's is Valentine's Day and this just left me really emotional.”
MacIvor's original print of “PET” was included in a magazine feature, called 10 Photographs That Changed Canada, and also in the hardcover book, entitled 100 Photographs That Changed Canada.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. - It's a familiar old photograph, but it can still move Justin Trudeau to tears.
The famous shot — Pierre Trudeau toting his young son like a football while an RCMP officer snaps a crisp salute at the prime minister — was too much for the Liberal leadership hopeful during a campaign stop Thursday in Belleville, Ont.
Trudeau the younger was presented the framed 1973 photo by none other than Belleville Const. Jeff Ling, whose father, a member of the prime minister's security detail, was the police officer in the picture.
The moment was captured on video by the campus news organization at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont., shortly after the front-running leadership contender wrapped up remarks to journalism students.
Ling told Trudeau their fathers spent a lot of time together, including sitting in a hospital waiting room on Christmas Day 1971, the day Justin was born.
"Operation Newborn, I think we called it, when Dad was gone for Christmas," Ling said as Trudeau wiped away tears.
After accepting the gift, Trudeau moved in to give Ling a bear hug — but he got a crisp salute of his own instead.
After the pair shared a laugh and a warm embrace, Trudeau returned to the microphone.
"Almost every single stop across this country, I am overwhelmed with the people who come to me to tell me great stories about my father and great stories about my mother," he said, his cheeks still wet.
Rod MacIvor racconta il suo rapporto decennale di fotogiornalista con la famiglia di Pierre Elliott Trudeau e la storia di questa fotografia, pluripremiata e inclusa fra le '10 fotografie che hanno cambiato il Canada':
23 OCTOBER 2015
Photographer Rod MacIvor recalls the day he snapped an unforgettable photo of the boy who grew up to be Canada’s new prime minister
I followed the Trudeau family around from 1970 to 1980 as the UPI news agency’s Ottawa bureau photographer — and it was never boring. I was like a ‘White House Photographer’ but in Ottawa, with Trudeau as my main subject.
With Trudeau, we photographers always had to be on our toes. We never knew what to expect from him.
On August 10, 1973 Trudeau hosted a garden party at Government House, across the street from his 24 Sussex residence, for heads of state from all the Commonwealth countries. It was the wrap-up party after a long and tiring week of meetings.
I had hoped to put my cameras down at the office and go have some fun, but as the junior man on the UPI staff, I was chosen to be duty photographer for the event. I was not a happy camper.
As the media waited for the prime minister to arrive, keeping an eye on the driveway for his car, we noticed a group of people crossing the lawn from Sussex Drive. It was Pierre Trudeau and a small entourage, walking over from his house. RCMP inspector Denis Ling was waiting for them and saluted as they came closer. Trudeau picked Justin up and put him under his arm — his saluting arm, as it happened.
The sly look he gave to Mr. Ling … Justin’s wide-eyed stare … I pressed the shutter, and the moment was over.
Those were the days of manual cameras with no autofocus, no zoom lenses — and film. I had no idea if I got a good exposure or captured the expressions I’d seen through the lens. I couldn’t wait to get back to the office and process the film.
I took a few more shots of some of the heads of state with the Prime Minister and of Justin running around the tent, but I was itching to get out of there. I knew nothing was going to be better than the ‘salute’ photo.
The photo was processed and I liked it. I transmitted the photo to our Canadian and American clients and waited to see who would use it the next day.
The Ottawa Citizen was the only paper that used it in Canada, and it played on the front page. That gave me a good clipping to enter the National Newspaper Awards later that year. I soon forgot all about the contest, so when I got a call saying I had won the NNA’s Best Feature Photo for 1973, I was pleasantly surprised.
Trudeau autographed a print for me.
Decades passed, but the photo came to life again in 2008. That year, The Beaver magazine (now called Canada’s History) selected it as one of 10 photos that ‘changed Canada.’ Judges said the photo defined Trudeau’s image as a family man.
The photo was also used on the cover of the first edition of Nancy Southam’s book, Pierre. The publisher wanted a vertical photo, so they were going to crop out the salute (which many American newspapers had also done when the photo first appeared). I convinced the publishers to use the whole image, with the salute appearing on the back cover, wrapping around to the front image. They loved it. The iconic picture was featured in my Trudeau photo exhibit, which attracted 20,000 people across the country after Pierre Trudeau’s death. And now, a photo that was taken 42 years ago has another new life as the boy under his father’s arm becomes prime minister himself. A photojournalist could never hope for more.

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