Meandering Em's

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Presidents and Photographers

Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House - Dennis Brack

I won this book as part of a Booklikes giveaway. I gave the book a 3 1/2 star rating.

Since I love history, politics and photography, I was eager to read this book.  It is a beautifully made hardback. I enjoyed the stories about the presidents and their relationships with photographers. Every president from Woodrow Wilson to the present president has had to deal with photographers. Some presidents had a close relationship with these photojournalists, while others did not. Surprising to me, Harry Truman bonded with the still photographers and he gave them free access to the White House. It hasn't been the same friendly relationship since that time, including the present President.

The second section discussed some famous photographers, including Diana Walker, one of the few women photographers. The last section shows the changes and improvements the camera has made over the years.

The book was readable and many of the pictures were fascinating. I enjoyed the back stories of famous photographs and some of the jokes and tricks played by the different photographers. However, there could have been better editing. Pronouns were not used appropriately. For instance, it sounded like Rosalynn Carter covered the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale in 1984. However, I think the author meant Diana Walker, a photographer. There were typos in several places. There were some poorly printed pages, at least in my copy, which detracted from the overall quality of the book.

However, I do recommend reading this book, especially if you want to get a different portrait of our presidents.

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