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Photojournalism: Bruce Hoertel

Bruce Hoertel and President Harry Truman President Harry Truman with Bruce Hoertel - e_hoe_0081

Bruce Hoertel was born in New York City. He joined the U.S. Navy after high school and attended the Naval Photographic School before serving on the USS Cowpens during World War II. He worked as a film cameraman for CBS news until the 1970s and photographed for the New York Times, eventually becoming a freelance photographer for Newsweek, Fortune, and the Associated Press. He traveled the world capturing the news—Asia with President Johnson, Vietnam with South Vietnamese troops, and Moscow and China with President Nixon. His work includes U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan, and politics in Washington, D.C., for more than thirty years. Hoertel’s widow, Amanda Zimmerman, donated his archive to the Briscoe Center in 2006.

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