National Press Club

White House photographer to discuss book Nov. 13

November 7, 2013 | By Al Teich | ateich@gmail.com

Dennis Brack

Dennis Brack

Dennis Brack, former president of the White House News Photographers Association, will discuss his new book,“Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House,” at the Club’s Photo Committee luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at noon, in the McClendon Room.

Brack’s book reveals the tricks, triumphs, and defeats of news photographers who have covered the executive mansion, and the stories they have passed down through the years. The program will also give a brief history of some of the cameras and equipment that White House photographers have used in covering the President of the United States over the years.

All Club members and their guests are welcome, and no reservations are required.

From JFK to today, Dennis Brack has photographed the presidents of the United States, including covering ten administrations, and he hopes to continue this coverage for years to come. In the 52 years that he has covered the White House, he has known many of the individuals in this book. Over the years, he has interviewed the older photographers to collect the stories of the photographers in the first part of the 20th century. He is still covering the White House.

As a staff photographer for Black Star Publishing Company and contract photographer for Time, Dennis Brack has lived and listened to the stories in this book. Represented by Black Star, his major clients through the decades included Life and Newsweek, and for 23 years, Brack averaged one picture a week in Time. As the Washington photographer for Black Star, he is a member of the White House ISP pool consisting of the eight major photo agencies (i.e., Getty, Corbis, UPI, SPA, European Press Association, etc.), which travels with the president in Washington.

Brack was on the board of the Standing Committee of Press Photographers of the U.S. Senate for 25 years and was president of the White House News Photographers Association for 3 years.

Brack has won awards from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association, and the World Press Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the White House News Photographers Association.

Brack earned a BA from Washington & Lee University and an LLB from George Washington Law School.