The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office- On Display from March 4 – July 8, 2013
John F. Kennedy was the first president to have an official photographer, and nearly every president since has had one.
Photographic images have become an increasingly critical tool in how we understand our presidents. This National
Geographic exhibition features dozens of rarely seen images of recent U.S. presidents through the eyes of their official
photographers. Featuring images taken in tense times and on joyous occasions, during official meetings and at informal
moments, the show explores the role of the president’s photographer, documenting for history every possible aspect of
presidency. Label copy accompanying each image offers a fresh and candid viewpoint on life and work from the
photographer. The exhibition also includes the National Geographic documentary about Pete Souza, President Obama’s
chief White House photographer, which will be shown at the top of each hour.