A photo of David Lynch by Nadav Kander was recently published on the cover of UK magazine The Big Issue. It would certainly be fantastic if Kander had sold the photo or gave his permission to the magazine to use it. Instead, it appears that someone photographed his framed print at an exhibition. They posted it to Alamy, and The Big Issue bought it from there, cropped it and used it for the cover.
Donald Trump presents an interesting case for portrait photography and its use on magazine covers. Prior to his presidential run, he was known as an outspoken businessman and reality television star whose bombastic style brought in yuge ratings for “The Apprentice.”
Prior to the presidency, photographers and photo editors played to that persona with covers like these from 2011 and 2004 respectively.