Sunday, February 17, 2008

43/366 Diana Walker

An exhibit of photography by Diana Walker opened at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum this week. She is a photographer that has worked for Time Magazine and was a White House pool photographer until the end of the Bill Clinton administration. She came to town to talk about her career and had a lot of anecdotes about Washington and the presidency in particular.

A couple of things she said stayed with me.

One, was that if she hadn't been in Washington, she would probably be doing a different kind of photography.

Two, she mentioned the the "Business of Washington is politics". I've heard this before, but for some reason, this time it stuck with me.

Watching her slide show while she talked, I once again saw that photojournalism is a different kind of photography than most others. In my opinion, it is closer to the street photography style than anything else. The object is to capture a moment that tells a story. Pretty much every thing else is secondary.

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