The story of the HOPE poster
Barack Obama was senator of Illinois when Shepard Fairey also know as OBEY start following the figure. The face of Barack Obama inspired him a stencil poster. Created in one day, Fairey start to put the poster on the street and immediately sold 350 pieces of its work.
After the 2008 election campaign, the poster was widely distributed in the different shape, with different words on it “Hope”, “Progress”, “Change” below. Initially independently spread, it was then approved by the official Obama Campaign. This image became a real leading message for the figure of the next president.
In January 2009, after Obama had won the election, Fairey’s mixed-media stenciled portrait version of the image was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for its National Portrait Gallery. This creation was based on the photography of Mannie Garcia.