November 11, 2010

30 Seconds with President Ronald Reagan

From the Archive | Politics

Washington, D.C.  March 4, 1987.  President Ronald Reagan had just addressed the nation regarding his administration's role in the Iran-Contra scandal.  Three groups of roughly 15 photographers waited in the hallway outside the Oval Office.

Contact Sheet
My group's turn came.  We piled into the room and fanned out around Mr. Reagan's desk.  As he murmured something like, I'm sitting here pretending to read my speech so you can take a picture that looks like I am giving my speech, I shot a burst of 7 black and white frames (see above).

I then switched to my camera loaded with color film and photographed for the remainder of the 30 second photo opportunity.

Commander in Chief
During the actual speech, Reagan had apologized for misdeeds.  "A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not."

From 1986 - 1992, JB Pictures secured assignments for me from magazines in the U.S. and abroad.  I also produced photo stories on topics ranging from political and economic change in the South Korea to the arts underground and new capitalists in the USSR to pollution in the United States.

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Greg said...

Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN). I'm inclined to #7 of RR, where his eyes look downward, as if deep in thought. Thanks for the flashback.

Greg said...

And Nunn is the one with the glasses.

John Nordell said...

Yes, #7 has that thoughtful look. Your senators are correct. I like your style sheet perfect party and state ids.

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