The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office

Photo: President Obama dons 3-D glasses
President Obama donned 3-D glasses while watching a commercial during Super Bowl XLIII.

Photograph by Pete Souza

Photo: John F. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline

John F. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, aboard a yacht in Hyannis Port, Mass., in August 1963

Photograph by Cecil Stoughton

Through both iconic and rarely seen pictures of White House residents and insights from the photographers who chronicled them, visitors will be transported through presidential history, from photos made when the first official presidential photographer was hired in 1963, to today’s unprecedented coverage of Barack Obama. Throughout we are continually reminded of the power of the still image as a tool for understanding our own history.

Assembled by three-time Emmy Award-winner John Bredar, this exhibition features works by veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Bob McNeely (Bill Clinton), Eric Draper (George W. Bush), Pete Souza (Barack Obama) and many more.

The exhibition is accompanied by the newly published The President’s Photographer (National Geographic Books, 2010; $35 hardcover).

Content: 50 framed prints with labels
Size: 275 running feet minimum—flexible
Duration: 3 months minimum
Comments: Potential programming includes photographer lectures, book signings.
Documentary available for theatrical showings.

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Tour Schedule:

Harry S Truman Library and Museum
Independence, MO
October 21, 2011—January 22, 2012

CR Smith Museum
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
September 29—December 1, 2012

South Florida Fair
West Palm Beach, FL
January 18—February 7, 2013

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
March 4—July 8, 2013

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Brownsville, TX
July 27—October 27, 2013

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum
University Center, MI
February 3—May 24, 2014

Lake County Discovery Museum
Wauconda, IL
September 13, 2014—January 11, 2015

Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, GA
February 14—June 14, 2015

Bell County Museum
Bellton, TX
October 29, 2016—February 3, 2017

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