See It: First U.S. Supreme Court Photo in 7 Years

Newly seated justice Neil Gorsuch provides opportunity for photographers to turn lenses on SCOTUS.

June 1, 2017 5:24 pm
Supreme Court
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for an official group portrait to include new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, top row, far right, Thursday. From left are, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer. Back row, standing, from left are, Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

With Justice Neil Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, there was a rare opportunity for photographers Thursday to capture all 9 members of the country’s highest court.

The official photo op was the first in seven years— since the justices were snapped in October 2010 after President Barack Obama’s appointee, Justice Elena Kagan, was seated.

This time, Gorsuch was the the center of attention, even though he was to the right of the frame.

One of the 11 photographers in the room, Time Magazine’s Christopher Morris gave a colorful description of the two-minute assignment.

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only one who shows the gravity of who they are and what they represent,” Morris dished. “I felt the other justices felt a little awkward (being there) and were injecting a lot of humor.”

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