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Photojournalism: Wally McNamee

Wally McNamee

Every president from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush has been captured on film by Wally McNamee. The recently retired photographer spent 30 years documenting world events for Newsweek magazine, where he produced more than 100 cover photos. From Vietnam to the Kremlin to Beijing's Forbidden City, McNamee logged many miles as he photographed defining moments around the globe. McNamee has donated his entire collection of more than 300,000 images to the Briscoe Center.

A four-time winner of the coveted White House News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year Award, the former marine was also the photographer for Newsweek's Special Projects Unit, which won a National Magazine Award for "Charlie Company: What Vietnam Did to Us." In addition to his work at the magazine, McNamee also snapped shots for The Washington Post. Of course, he has been known to occasionally stray beyond politics — covering the likes of the American Bicentennial, the Super Bowl, 11 Olympic Games and even a Willie Nelson tour.

Finding aid for the Wally McNamee Photographic Archive
Wally McNamee
Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)


  Landmarks - Vietnam Veterans Memorial. e_wm_0525    Royal Wedding [Prince Charles and Lady Diana]. e_wm_0003    Personalities - Coretta Scott King. e_wm_0783    Willie Nelson. e_wm_0032