Sunday, November 7, 2010

The President: Through A Photographer's Eyes

An upcoming PBS documentary (November 24, The President's Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office)could be used both by American History teachers as well as those who teach visual literacy.

An excerpt from the program's press release says: "To a documentary photographer, every presidency has defining stories, and those images are often how we remember a president."

The documentary also has a companion book:
Some images from the book can be found on Amazon's web page for the book:
More images from the White House can be seen on the White House's official Flickr site
Note: just this week, former President Bush expressed regret over an official White House photo taken of him in a plane that flew over areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina

CBS' Sunday Morning broadcast (November 6) also had a segment on Pete Souza, the current White House photographer.

Coincidentally, I wrote a chapter on visual literacy in politics in my book: Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy.

Frank Baker

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