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Photojournalism and the American Presidency - Reading America's Photos
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"The Photo-Op" Transcript
Wally McNamee:

A photo-op is a good thing because it gets photographers on their feet and moving. It's almost like a form of exercise. As far as photography, not very many good pictures ever taken in photo-ops. But it's a necessary evil.

I mean, it's documentary photography. It is sometimes possible to take a meaningful picture of the president, a close up picture of the president that is somehow revealing, that is totally out of the context of that moment.

You know, he looks happy. He looks sad. He looks worried, and therefore a photo-op picture might be useful.

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"The Photo-Op"


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