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Photojournalism: Dennis Brack

Dennis Brack prepares to photograph from the top of the Washington Monument.
Dennis Brack prepares to photograph from the top of the Washington Monument.

For 50 years as a staff photographer for Black Star Publishing Company, Dennis Brack has covered the administrations of U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, world leaders, U.S. Congress and Supreme Court justices as well as major news stories worldwide. Based in Washington, D.C., he photographed for the Washington Post, Life and Newsweek, and for twenty-three years Time magazine published his work weekly.

Brack received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1962 and an L.L.B. from George Washington University School of Law in 1965. His photographic career includes photojournalism, advertising and commercial work. He continues to cover the White House and Capitol Hill.

In addition to photographs of the U.S. presidency, his archive includes work documenting American military personnel and operations, wars, war protests, key moments of the civil rights movement and riots. It also features his coverage of public works projects, social issues, human interest stories and entertainment.

For 25 years, Dennis Brack was the secretary/treasurer of the U.S. Senate Standing Committee of Press Photographers, a six-member committee that determines coverage of the House and Senate, political conventions and presidential inaugurations. From 2006 to 2008, Brack served as president of the White House News Photographers Association.

Brack's photographic work has been recognized by the National Newspaper Photographers Association and the World Press Association. The White House News Photographers Association honored him with its lifetime achievement award in 2012.

Finding Aid for the Dennis Brack Photographic Archive
Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)

View slideshows below:
  Detail of Richard Nixon from opening of the Reagan Presidential Library, Simi valley, California, 1991.    Detail from Reverend Martin Luter King, Jr., April 1968.    Paul McCartney and John Lennon from image of Beatles, 1964.    Highway from Kuwait City back to Iraq.