National Press Club

White House photographers to tell what it takes to produce presidential images, Oct. 29

October 23, 2018 | By Alan Kotok | photo@technewslit.com

 President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at their inaugural ball, Jan. 20, 1961.

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at their inaugural ball, Jan. 20, 1961.

Photo/Image: National Archives

Picture in your mind the president of the United States. Any president.

More than likely, that picture is the result of an image captured by news media or official staff photographers. A group of current and recent White House media and staff photographers will tell what it takes to produce those images in a National Press Club program called Photographing the President, on Monday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m., a project of the Club's Photography Committee and World Press Photo DC.

Registration for Photographing the President is free for Club and World Press Photo DC members and guests, but tickets are required and space is limited. Reserve your place now here.

Christy Bowe, a veteran photographer who covers the White House for ImageCatcher News Service and Bob McNeely, staff photographer for president Bill Clinton, outline their roles in bringing to the public images of the president at work, home, and on the road. Panelists also describe their responsibilities to the public's need to know and the historical record, highlighted by examples of their work.

Eric Draper, White House staff photographer for president George W. Bush, will add his perspective on these issues. And Myron Belkind, long-time Associated Press international correspondent and former Club president, will moderate the panel.

World Press Photo DC, co-sponsor of the event, is an annual show of prize-winning photo journalism, part of the global series of World Press Photo exhibits in 100 cities. This year's World Press Photo DC runs Oct. 27 through Nov. 25 in the DuPont Underground gallery, below DuPont Circle. More details of the exhibit can be found here.