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Photojournalism: Eric Draper

Eric Draper with President George W. Bush
Eric Draper and George W. Bush photo by Tina Hager

Eric Draper served as President George W. Bush's chief photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency (2001–2009), and took nearly one million photos documenting the president's daily activities at the office, abroad, and in his personal life. Draper is the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to a U.S. president. Draper also directed the digital conversion of the White House Photo Office and its archives.

Prior to joining the White House staff, Draper was west regional enterprise photographer for the Associated Press (AP). In his eight years with the AP, Draper covered an array of domestic and international news and sports events, including presidential campaigns, devastating natural disasters around the globe, civil unrest in third world countries, refugee crises abroad, five Olympic games, two World Cups, and many NBA, NFL, and MLB championships. Draper has also worked as a staff photographer for the Seattle Times, the Pasadena Star-News and the Albuquerque Tribune. He is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach.

Draper donated his collection to the Briscoe Center in 2013.

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