Here’s a strange story that shows the power of Internet crowdsourcing in doing unusual reverse image searches. It all started with a blurry, seemingly questionable photo seen on a smartphone in the hands of a politician in the UK Parliament.
But Soubry abruptly deleted the photo less than an hour after it was posted, apparently because people began wondering what the MP sitting in front of Soubry was looking at on his phone.
The biggest question in parliament today: What's on the screen of this Conservative MP's phone? https://t.co/oYV8tWcIBi
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) June 13, 2017
People wondered whether the politician was looking at questionable material in the chamber, as the photo looked quite “fleshy”:
No comment. pic.twitter.com/aIxS0wEg6a
— Andy (@RedLeftAndy) June 13, 2017
There's an awful lot of flesh there…
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 13, 2017
The Twitter community began Retweeting the photo hundreds of times in hopes that someone would recognize the scene in the photo and be able to correctly identify what the MP was looking at.
— Nicky Ryan (@NickyRyan_) June 13, 2017
Amazingly, the answer came within hours:
Found it. pic.twitter.com/0raVO4ULyA
— Afristotle (@DieZauberer) June 13, 2017
It turns out it’s a photograph titled “Showgirls at Work and at Play,” shot in 1958 by renowned American photographer Gordon Parks. It shows showgirls in New York’s Latin Quarter playing chess backstage.
So, no, the politician wasn’t doing anything questionable in Parliament: he was simply enjoying a photograph by a master American photographer.