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Shepard Fairey adapts iconic Obama 'Hope' poster for The Amplifier Foundation


By Rebecca Stewart, Trends Editor

January 20, 2017 | 3 min read

The artist behind the world famous Barack Obama 'Hope' poster which became one of the defining images of the former president's 2008 campaign, has unveiled a new series of anti-Donald Trump prints.

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Shepard Fairey adapts iconic Obama 'Hope' poster for The Amplifier Foundation / Shepard Fairey

American designer Shepard Fairey has applied the same artistic technique to produce a series of red, white and blue designs for nonprofit group, The Amplifier Foundation.

The organisation asked Fairey and other artists to create the posters for use during president-elect Trump's inauguration on 20 January as part of its 'We the People' campaign.


The series of posters feature illustrations of Native Americans, African Americans, Muslims, and Latinas accompanied by slogans such as: 'Protect Each Other' and 'Defend Dignity'.

The 'Hope' artist's three designs will be distributed as placards and printed as full-page ads in the Washington Post.


Fairey told CNN: "We thought they were the groups that had been maybe criticized by Trump and maybe were going to be most, if not necessarily vulnerable in a literal sense, most feeling that their needs would be neglected in a Trump administration."

Fairey's simple stylised stencil portait of Obama has been widely distributed since it was revealed ahead of the Democrat's second term in the White House. The poster was not originally part of Obama's campaign, but was later commissioned by his team for fundraising.

Keep up to speed with The Drum's inauguration live blog here.

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