40. Portraits of Barack Obama by Terry Richardson, 2012
Fortunately or unfortunately, this is not just another presidential portrait. Firstly, most presidential visages don't make their rounds through cultural circuits like us (at Complex), High Snobiety, and Hybebeast. Secondly, and perhaps most obviously, the last 43 POTUSes didn't hang with guys like Terry Richardson, emphasizing the growing association between the President of the United States and mass media. President Obama continues to differ from his predecessors in the way that he connects to American youth through the image circuit; whether it is through the iconic 2008 HOPE portrait from Shepherd Fairey or through these photographs from Terry Richardson.