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Photojournalism: Arthur Grace

Arthur Grace with President Jimmy Carter
Arthur Grace and Jimmy Carter - Photographer unknown

Arthur Grace began his professional career in 1972. As a staff photographer for United Press International, he covered sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, the drought in West Africa, and the 1973 Middle East War. Boston school busing and school desegregation were among his major stories for the New York Times in 1974 and 1975. At Time magazine from 1978 to 1985, he was assigned to the Carter Administration, photographed life in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Mongolia; martial law in Poland; the U.S. invasion of Grenada; Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential campaign; and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. From 1986 to 1990, as a staff photographer for Newsweek, he photographed cover stories on Mario Cuomo, Robin Williams, Judge Robert Bork, Michael Dukakis, Pope John Paul II, and drug czar William Bennett.

Introduced to state fairs while covering national elections, Grace captured these annual gatherings and published the 2006 book State Fair, part of the Briscoe Center's series at the University of Texas Press. His other books are Choose Me: Portraits of a Presidential Race, Comedians, and America 101.

Grace donated his photographic archive to the Briscoe Center in 2006.

Finding aid for the Arthur Grace Photographic Archive
Photojournalism (Collection Strengths)
News Media History (Collection Strengths)