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Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends snap as ‘human moment’

Photographer behind Obama’s Mandela memorial ‘selfie’ defends ‘human moment’

The photographer behind that viral picture of Cameron, Obama and Thorning-Schmidt cosying up for a ‘selfie’ at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday has defended the three’s decision.

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The Danish PM became an overnight internet sensation after her ‘selfie’ at Mandela’s memorial went viral

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie with Danish PM at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

David Cameron explains selfie with Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Mandela Memorial

However, his comment may do little to offset the outrage sparked by the whimsical mobile photo

Military officers carry the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela to the Union Buildings marking the start of a three-day lying in state in Pretoria

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The body of Mr Mandela will be lying in state for three days

Obama and Cameron's selfie was a human moment. Let's not castigate them for it

This snap wasn't half so inappropriate as many suggest

Jay Z, here performing in LA on Monday, encouraged fans to follow their dreams in a tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Constant rain and bad traffic meant that thousands of guests arrived late

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Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

Obama and Cameron cosy up for ‘inappropriate’ selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service

The leaders spark outrage for taking the photo opportunity at the event

Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial

They'll look back on this selfie, years from now, and think "what on earth were we doing? We're world leaders, not a bunch of giggling teenagers. We're attending the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Couldn't we have waited a bit before goofing around?"

In pictures: South Africans gather for Nelson Mandela memorial service in Soweto

South Africans and people from around the world have began filling the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, ahead of a massive memorial service for the country's former president, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, aged 95.

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It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

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