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12-11-2013, 03:16 PM
Michelle Obama was not unhappy during Nelson Mandela 'selfie', photographer insists

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Michelle Obama's stern expression during a picture of David Cameron, Barack Obama and Denmark's Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela's memorial was captured "by chance" and she had been laughing only seconds before, according to the photographer.
The photograph of the Danish prime minister's "selfie" with President Obama and Mr Cameron featured on front pages around the world. While the trio looked delighted to be at the memorial in Soweto, the US first lady looked distinctly unimpressed in the background.
However, it was a misleading image capturing a natural and relaxed atmosphere, according to Roberto Schmidt, the AFP photographer responsible for the snap.
"Anyway, suddenly this woman pulled out her mobile phone and took a photo of herself smiling with Cameron and the US president," he wrote in a blog for AFP. "I captured the scene reflexively. All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing and laughing to honour their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid.