Stephen Crowley, who has retired after 25 years of photographing Washington and politics, on working for The Times, the changes he’s seen in the country, and on what’s next.
After 25 years as a photographer for The New York Times based in Washington, D.C., Stephen Crowley has retired. His incisive and revealing photographs pierced the public veneer of Washington politics, bringing the viewer into the back rooms of power.
Stephen Crowley has just returned from covering President Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and France. These tetraptychs convey the round-the-clock cognitive dissonance of such a journey, with its multiple agendas and audiences — “Bilats and Tea,” Mr. Crowley calls it, using the diplomatic jargon for a bilateral talk. He also assembled a verbal scrapbook of impressions, drawn from press communiqués, pool reports and news accounts.