With the 2008 election only days away, we asked four photographers who have spent years working both in and around the White House to offer their advice for the next president. Here photographers Pete Souza, Diana Walker, David Hume Kennerly, and Robert McNeely reflect upon the role the White House photographer plays in creating an historic record, how the White House press office and the next First Family might work with media photographers, and the value that photographers with access to the White House can have in shaping the public’s understanding of both the President and the workings of government.
The Los Angeles Documentary Project was one of the most ambitious of all the photography surveys supported by the NEA. In addition to including more photographers (eight) than any of the other Greater L.A. surveys, Los Angeles presented a larger subject than any of the other NEA-supported surveys of cities. The application noted that the project would be “a visual examination of the sociological and topographical diversity of one of the most dynamic and unusual cities in the world.” In their application for an NEA Photography Survey Grant, the directors of the survey were aware that Los Angeles signified more than just itself, and called Los Angeles “the ultimate city of our age.” The description goes on to address the importance of understanding what Los Angeles had become by the 1970s: