What is a Photo Op ?

PHOTO OP : ( short for photo opportunity )


A carefully planned human event resulting

in a memorable and effective photograph.

The term is frequently used in a political sense,

relating to politicians who do things such as plant trees,

pick up litter, and visit senior citizens, with the intent

of photographers catching the events on film, generating

good publicity.

Also attributed to people in the film and music industries. ~ "Stars"

What differentiates the photo op from a news conference,

is that no questions are permitted to be asked of the subject.

Photo ops are often criticized as being a method by which

the politician or other photo-op subject avoids having to answer

potentially embarrassing questions from the news media,

or to respond to potentially embarrassing situations.

In recent years, photo ops have become quite elaborate

and some can have extremely high budgets.