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The Nov. 28 photo shoot at the President-elect’s residence in Trump Tower. Paul Moakley for TIME

Behind TIME's Donald Trump Person of the Year Cover

Dec 07, 2016

For the 2016 Person of the Year issue, TIME commissioned Nadav Kander to photograph President-elect Donald Trump—the person deemed to have most influenced the year’s news, for better or worse—for the cover of the magazine.

Sharp-eyed readers may notice that this is not the first time that Kander has photographed the cover image for TIME’s Person of the Year issue. In fact, Kander took the cover portrait the last time an election-year President received the title, when President Barack Obama was Person of the Year in 2012.

For this issue, Kander also photographed the members of Trump’s inner circle.

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