The White House News Photographers Association newsletter, THE REPORT is available.

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Recent stories about photographers and wonderful tribute to Michel du Cille by Dudley Brooks

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  • The Kennedy Center Honors

    37th Kennedy Center  Honorees:  Al Green,  Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride and  husband, Sting, Lily Tomlin. All Photographs by Dennis Brack

    37th Kennedy Center Honorees: Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride and husband, Sting, Lily Tomlin.
    All Photographs by Dennis Brack

    It is an annual event, you have to work evenings, but that’s okay.  This one is fun.  It starts with the pool, (four still photographers and one video crew), covering the reception in the East Room of the White House.  This year Bruce Springsteen was there. Photo by Dennis Brack Steven Obama PoolSpielberg and wife Kate Capshaw were there and everyone wanted to talk to him.  Martin Short circled by three times.  Jane Fonda still looking like a star.

    The Honorees,  Al Green,  Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride and  husband, Sting,  and Lily Tomlin were the big draw.

     

    Obama PoolAfter the East Room there was about an hour that  we used to send pictures.  Most of them were away by the time we had to form up for the motorcade.  The long wait and we were waiting for hours.  Then a  brief ride and rush from the vans down the  main hall of the Kennedy Center and right in to the Opera House  just before the honorees filed into the balcony. Obama pool The President and First Lady came in, the National Anthem was played, we made pictures and we were out of there.  Then a couple of hours in a holding room.  Plenty of food at the Kennedy Center, but nothing for the pool.


  • The Photo District News Interview of Photographer Stephen Crowley is a must Read

    http://www.pdnonline.com/features/Whats-Your-Niche-S-12140.shtml

    Take a few moments to read David Walker’s interview of Stephen Crowley. What’s Your Niche: Stephen Crowley, Political Photojournalist

    Steve is a great photographer and views the same events that we all cover in a very distinctive way.


  • United State Capitol Dome gets a major rehabilitation.

    The US Capitol on December 4, 2014. Photo by Dennis and Cindy Brack

    The US Capitol on December 4, 2014. Photo by Dennis and Cindy Brack

    For over one hundred and forty years the United States Capitol has been the symbol of our government.  Today it has a new look.  Over a million pounds of scaffolding surround the dome as it begins a major rehabilitation. For more:http://www.aws.org/w/a/wj/2000/11/siewert/


  • Presidents and Small Business Saturday

    Photographs by Dennis Brack

    Photographs by Dennis Brack

    Recently, a new activity has been added to the presidential calendar: Small Business Saturday.  It is a perfect time for the President to do a little Christmas shopping.  The book store,  Politics and Prose is the perfect place and this year President Obama visited it for a second Small Business Saturday.  A great bookstore, but the only book they don’t have in stock is PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES.

    President Obama is told about Chuck Todd's NBC,new book and takes a closer look to find it on the prime space book shelf above the checkout counter.  He didn't buy the book.  A better book for that space would be PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES:BEHIND THE CAMERAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

    President Obama is told about Chuck Todd’s NBC,new book and takes a closer look to find it on the prime space book shelf above the checkout counter. He didn’t buy the book. A better book for that space would be PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES:BEHIND THE CAMERAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

     

    Please visit Politics and Prose in Northwest Washington, DC and ask them for PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES.


  • Talk on Presidents and Photographers at the Arlington Central Library

    PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES:BEHIND THE CAMERAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE is available at the Arlington, Virginia libraries.

    Photograph by John C. Garofalo

    Photograph by John C. Garofalo

     

    About sixty people came to hear me speak on photographers at the White House.

    I had to make sure that i made no mistakes because well known photojournalists Frank Johnston and John C. Garofalo were in the audience. Also there was Ken Danforth, a former TIME correspondent and good friend.

    Former TIME Magazine correspondent Ken Danforth asks a question after the presentation.  Photograph by John C. Garofalo

    Former TIME Magazine correspondent Ken Danforth asks a question after the presentation. Photograph by John C. Garofalo


  • The Turkey Pardon:Fun for everyone–especially the turkey

    Obama pardons Thanksgiving Turkey 2014The day before Thanksgiving the White House photographers gather for the annual ceremony of the President’s pardon of the turkey.  It is definitely not a major news story, but it makes a good feature, and it’s a good time to see old friends.

    Most presidents do the ceremony in the Rose Garden, but the Obama administration has always chosen the North Portico for the event for some unknown reason.  This year they moved the pardoning inside to the  Front Foyer. In order to get the press to the location we were taken on a different route through a hallway that went by the kitchen and up the stairs to the first floor.  Photo by Dennis Brack

    It was one of the back halls of the White House that most photographers had never seen. Kinda fun.


  • J.SCOTT APPLEWHITE: KING OF THE HILL and other parts of Washington, DC

    Applewhite BWThese days you can find Scotty Applewhite on Capitol Hill when congress is in session.  He is the Associated Press photographer assigned to the Senate.   He is the most respected news photographer by the photographers who know him in DC.  Scotty is the head of the Standing Committee of Press Photographers of the Senate Press Photographers Gallery.  He is fair and looks out for every photographer covering the Hill.  What a difference from the time when I arrived in Washington and the committee only looked out for the interests of AP and UPI.

    Scotty doesn’t limit his eye to the Hill.  He is always looking for enterprise photographs.  When the Hill is in recess, he will lend a hand at the White House.

    Over the years, Scotty has been known for his coverage in conflict areas.  I had the pleasure of working with Scotty in the pool that covered the first days of Desert Storm.  I remember the AP bureau chief at the time, must have been Toby Massey, handing Scotty an extremely heavy Halliburton case and a manual that was at least two inches thick.  ”Take this, It makes something they call a .jpg file.”

    Scotty is the very best in our profession and that is why I just could not leave  him out of my Facebook B/W Challenge series

    B/W Challenge Day 5 Theme: Respected Photographers, “Just One More”  I could not end this Challenge without posting a photograph of Scotty Applewhite-just wouldn’t the right

     

     


  • November 22, 1963: A Day Remembered

    Kennedy Nov 22ndAsk anyone over thirty where they were on this day and they will tell  you exactly where they were and how they received the news about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  They might have started their day with routine activities, but everyone ended their day watching the intense account of Air Force One arriving at Andrews Air Force Base.  I was immediately assigned by LIFE Magazine.  First to LaFayette Park, then churches along 7th and 14th Streets.  The LIFE reporter called in, from a pay phone, no cell phones back then, and was told that we should head for Andrews Air Force Base. The arrival of Air Force One followed.  We ended our day at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

    Kennedy Nov 22ndThere are so many stories about that day. PRESIDENTIAL PICTURE STORIES: BEHIND THE CAMERAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE has some of the best about photographers on that day:  Cancy jumping from the pool car, Cecil’s photograph of LBJ being sworn in and what he did with the film after he made his  historic photograph.  Joe Laird at Parkland Hospital.  Too many stories to put on this website–read the book


  • Sharon Farmer, White House Photographer during the Clinton Administration

    The official White House photographers come and go.  All have been excellent photographers and they do a good job of documenting administrations in a manner that no news photographer can.  Sharon Farmer is a fun person who everyone wanted around.  She is still working and doing a bit of speaking on her photographs.  The following is what I wrote about Sharon for the Facebook B/W challenge series:

    Sharon Farmer BB/W Challenge Day 5 Theme: Photographers I respect.  What better way to end this challenge than a picture that I made of Rob Gibson’s wet plate photograph drying.  It’s of Sharon Farmer, one fine shooter. Besides being a great photographer, Sharon is a terrific motivational speaker. I think Sharon would make a fantastic mayor of Washington, DC