WHNPA EXHIBITION: ‘EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING: THROUGH THE EYES OF HISTORY’ OPENS AT PEPCO’S EDISON PLACE GALLERY (WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 7, 2013)
The White House News Photographers Association will debut an exhibit of photographs of American presidents dating back to the associations founding in1921 titled “Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History,” at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery on Jan.8, 2013.
The exhibit will be highlighted with a free and open to the public discussion on presidential press coverage on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 2-4 p.m., led by Washington photojournalist and former WHNPA president Dennis Brack and Jason Reed of Reuters.
The exhibit will be on display through February 1 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday noon-4 p.m. and is located at 702 Eighth Street, NW between G &H Streets.
Since June 13, 1921, when the White House News Photographers Association was formed, and Warren Harding was president, members have covered every aspect of the presidency – from the campaign trail to the inauguration and the day-to-day moments that make an indelible mark on history. The images selected for this exhibit include seldom seen photographs of the nation’s presidents taken by members of The White House News Photographers Association.
Each image selected was entered in the annual ‘Eyes of History’ contest, exhibited for a brief time, and donated to the Library of Congress, many never to be seen again until now. Prior to the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, the WHNPA completed an exhaustive archiving project from images that had been donated to the library and then stored out of public view. Using high-resolution Nikon cameras, each original image was copied. In additional to the images from the archives, current photographs of presidents are contained in the exhibit that were prizewinners in the association’s annual competition.
Images include President John F. Kennedy having breakfast with his young daughter Caroline in the White House; President Dwight Eisenhower being lassoed by television cowboy and roping legend Montie Montana during the 1953 inaugural parade; President Harry Truman, dressed in a white T-shirt, exercising on a Navy ship; and a photograph of President Barack Obama waiting just inside the U.S. Capitol before taking the oath of office in 2009.
According to Heidi Elswick, executive director of the WHNPA, the association protects and promotes photographers’ interests as they pursue the mission of being ‘The Eyes of History.’ “Our members have a daily front seat to history, and as an association, we owe it to future generations to help insure that our members have the access they need,” she said.
The WHNPA supports photographers in their work to chronicle images from the White House, Capitol Hill, embassies, and other governmental organizations. The association negotiates access to governmental events in order to maintain a visual record of history. “Photographers must be allowed to record historic moments if history is to be preserved with accuracy - this is especially important in a democracy. It’s our constitutional mandate for freedom of the press,” Elswick said. “Regardless of the medium – newspaper, television, magazine, or the Web – people from every continent rely on members of the association for interesting, accurate and responsible coverage of the White House.”
For more information about the exhibit opening or the WHNPA please contact Heidi@whnpa.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.whnpa.org. ###
The White House News Photographers Association is a 92-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists. The WHNPA aims to provide professional and educational outreach to its members and the community through scholarships, programming, an annual competition and a celebration of the
industry at the annual ‘Eyes of History’ gala.
The WHNPA is generously sponsored in part by: Nikon, Tiffen, PNY Technologies and United