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"Taking Advantage of the Moment" Transcript
Wally McNamee:

Much of what we do that is photographing depends on our access. And some people were very accessible, that is, some presidents were very accessible and some were not. Richard Nixon was not very accessible. Jimmy Carter was.

You know, you have to be somewhat nimble photographically and intellectually, I think, in order to take advantage of what is happening in those moments. You hustle and you try to move quickly and efficiently and you try and figure out where you want to be before you get there.

It is focusing. It is really narrowing your vision and trying to concentrate on what you're doing and not paying attention to the things going on around you unless they are important. You don't just mindlessly click the shutter.

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