To commemorate the 2013 presidential inauguration, the White House News Photographers Association presents iconic images from its archives, from Warren G. Harding to Barack Obama. Executive Functioning: Through the Eyes of History will contain seldom seen images made by the prize-winning members of the WHNPA.
Since the organization's beginning in the 1920s, WHNPA photographers have been covering events and activities of major world importance, traveling with presidents, photographing royalty, diplomats, and newsmakers. When photographers started covering Washington political figures, coverage was restricted and access often denied. In 1921, 17 camera and motion-picture photographers started the WHNPA to protect and promote their interests. President Warren G. Harding was the first to set aside a pressroom for photographers.
Regardless of the medium, people from every continent rely on members of the WHNPA for interesting, accurate and responsible coverage of the president, Congress and major events in Washington and around the world.
The exhibit will be highlighted with a free and open to the public panel discussion on presidential press
coverage Thursday, Jan. 17 from 2-4 pm, led by Washington photojournalist and former WHNPA president Dennis Brack.
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