Dennis Brack: A Career in Photojournalism
May 22, 2013 – April 1, 2014
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (check Reading Room hours for Saturday closing schedule)
Dennis Brack prepares to photograph from the top of the Washington Monument.
Photojournalist Dennis Brack donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2008. From this large body of work, he chose the 225 photographs included in this retrospective exhibition.
Brack has covered ten presidential administrations, from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama; world leaders; members of Congress and Supreme Court justices; and major news stories from 1963 to the present. He has also documented American military personnel and operations, wars, war protests, key moments of the civil rights movement, public works projects, social issues, human interest stories, and entertainment.
Brack’s interest in photography began while working on his high school newspaper. His journalism training continued at Washington and Lee University and during summers at the Dallas Morning News. After graduating in 1962, he freelanced for local magazines while studying law. Although he earned a degree from George Washington University School of Law, he chose to become a photojournalist.
Based in Washington, D.C., he joined Black Star Publishing Company and worked for the Washington Post, Life, Time, and Newsweek. In 1972, he became a Time contract photographer, covering news stories for the next twenty-three years.
He continues to cover the White House and Capitol Hill. The White House News Photographers Association honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
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More information on the Dennis Brack Archive:
The Beatles perform their first U.S. concert, Washington D.C., February 11, 1964. @Dennis Brack, Dennis Brack Photographic Archive, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
The Dennis Brack Photographic Archive spans the last five decades and includes more than 150,000 slides of U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, world leaders, members of congress and Supreme Court justices. Also documented are American military personnel and operations, wars, war protests, key moments of the civil rights movement and riots. The collection also features Brack's coverage of public works projects, social issues, human interest stories and entertainment.
The Dennis Brack Photographic Archive is open for research.
The guide detailing its contents can be viewed at
View a slideshow of Brack's photographs at