Photographer: Daniel Stier
I would love to be asked to take portraits of presidents, chancellors and dictators, posing within their paraphernalia of power. It is an age old tradition that has not changed much since the early paintings of kings and queens.
The official image of how a person in power wants to be photographed is often far more interesting than what the photographer might bring to the image. So after months of negotiating through various layers of bureaucracy I finally got permission to photograph His Excellency Abdullahi Alazreg in the Sudanese Embassy opposite St James's Palace.
Quite often, when entering a foreign embassy, one gets an immediate flavour of the country. There is a great sense of history of colonial Britain and, inside, a wonderful function room with a photo gallery of all the ambassadors of recent history. Unfortunately I wasn't permitted to photograph him in there.
Ambassadors are the official face of their country and they are well aware of how to represent an official image. But that is exactly what I liked about it. I am a huge fan of the 'official portrait'.
by Daniel Stier, photographer - www.danielstier.com