Video of the “Presidential Picture” author talk at Central Library on Nov. 24, 2014.
Presidents can stay only eight years but veteran photojournalists like Dennis Brack have spent decades documenting First Family life and fresh history in the White House “fishbowl.”
Having created a museum’s worth of images for the Black Star agency, Brack has written the book on his craft, “Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House.”
Packed with historic photos and filled with stories from dozens of acclaimed colleagues, Brack charts a history that goes back to Matthew Brady and Lincoln–and shows how the most unforgettable shots are the result of that close and sometimes tense relationship between press and president.
Dennis Brack is a former president of the White House News Photographers Association who averaged a picture per week in Time magazine for 23 years. He’ll speak at Central Library Auditorium on the joys and ordeals of such high-profile, high-pressure work.
From JFK to Barack Obama, Brack has known them all and can vouch for the unique temperament of the men and women President George H.W. Bush called his “photodogs.”
Special thanks to Arlington TV for the recording.