Monday, January 10, 2011

What We're Reading - The President's Photographer.

Anyone who knows my ongoing interest in and fascination with U.S. Presidents will not be surprised that I recently thumbed my way through The President's Photographer - Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, by John Bredar. The book itself is the "Official Companion to the National Geographic Special on PBS."

Heavily focused upon the photographer's approach (and photographs about the current White House occupant, President Obama), the book delves into the establishment under President Kennedy of an official photographer and how the role has evolved ever since. Liberally sprinkled with various candid photographs, favorites include - Lyndon Johnson burdened and worried listening to an audio tape from his son-in-law serving in Vietnam during the war; iconic shots of Gerald Ford and his pipe with swirls of smoke; Richard Nixon posing with Elvis Presley [an odd couple if there ever was one]; and both Bill and Hillary Clinton being briefed while wearing the identical expression and holding up hands in front of their faces. Another more amusing favorite is seeing Betty Ford, a dancer in her youth, taking a twirl in stocking feet on top of the conference table used for Cabinet meetings.

Photography fans and Presidential buffs alike will greatly enjoy this treat. I will keep an eye out for the National Geographic special on television.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw this special on PBS, and it was great. I didn't even know there was a book. Thanks for your review