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Author Walsh, Kenneth T., author.

Title Ultimate insiders : White House photographers and how they shape history / by Kenneth T. Walsh
Published Milton : Taylor and Francis, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 253 pages)
Contents How Lincoln and FDR set the pace, and how their successors wrote their own rules -- Behind the scenes with John F. Kennedy, Cecil Stoughton, and the glamor lensmen -- Behind the scenes with Lyndon B. Johnson and Yoichi Okamoto -- Behind the scenes with Richard Nixon and Ollie Atkins -- Behind the scenes with Gerald Ford and David Kennerly -- Behind the scenes with Jimmy Carter and a missing chief photographer -- Behind the scenes with Ronald Reagan, Michael Evans, and Pete Souza -- Behind the scenes with George H.W. Bush and David Valdez -- Behind the scenes with Bill Clinton, Bob McNeely, and Sharon Farmer -- Behind the scenes with George W. Bush and Eric Draper -- Behind the scenes with Barack Obama and Pete Souza -- Behind the scenes with Donald Trump and his commanding style of image making -- The vital role of the "Photodogs" -- Master photojournalists who made their mark on history -- The ultimate insiders' evolving tools of the trade
Summary Virtually unknown to the public or historians, White House photographers have developed amazing access to the presidents of the United States over the past half-century. In this book, long-time White House correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh tells their stories, emphasizing observations about the presidents the photographers got to know so well along with other key figures close to those presidents--including the first ladies, members of Congress, and important world leaders. This book shows how official White House photographers have morphed into ultimate insiders within the American presidency, allowed to observe and take pictures of nearly everything Chief Executives do related to their job. The "photogs" have often become close friends with the presidents they have served. Using these bonds of trust and their own powers of observation, they created fundamental impressions and public images of the presidents through the art of photography. Acting not only as image makers but as visual historians, they have built pictorial chronicles of the presidency--intimate narratives of America's leaders in public and private, showing how they dealt with everyday life as well as moments of great crisis and opportunity. From children playing in the Oval Office to decisions to send troops into harm's way, images created by White House photographers can make or break a presidential administration as well as define an era
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Photojournalists -- United States -- History
Portrait photographers -- United States -- History
Presidents -- United States -- History.
Presidents -- United States -- Staff.
Portrait photographers.
Presidents -- Staff.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351603647