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A look back, Lisa Jack’s series of Barack Obama portraits depict a young man at casual pre-presidential play. Jack snapped the photos as a then-student photographer at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The “charismatic freshman,” who then went by “Barry,” was made a great subject by the photographer. The photos were unseen for 28 years, locked away until a friend encouraged Jack to dig them out.  The photos were featured in Time Magazine’s 2008 “Person of the Year” issue and are showcased for the first time in an L.A. gallery exhibit at M+B. “Barack Obama: The Freshman” opened yesterday and is on display at the gallery through July 18.  [location: mbfala]

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Barack Obama “The Freshman” Gallery