The Bigger Picture

Thirty Years of Portraits

By Diana Walker
(National Geographic Society, Hardcover, 9781426201295, 196pp.)

Publication Date: November 6, 2007

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As a Time magazine photographer covering the White House through four presidential administrations, Diana Walker enjoyed incomparable access to the world's major movers and shakers. Going behind the scenes and photographing her subjects over the course of years, she captured Presidents and their families in wonderfully candid moments and world leaders in the course of momentous events. Walker's way of engaging people and inspiring their trust results in portraits that are refreshingly spontaneous and open—giving viewers the feeling that they've met each subject personally. Many of those portrayed are notables in politics, industry, science, entertainment, and the arts—from Ronald Reagan to Steve Jobs; from Lillian Gish to Princess Diana and Prince Charles; from Mikhail Gorbachev to Hillary Clinton. Throughout the book, photographer and subjects narrate many of the 200 portraits, reminiscing about the experience and providing background for the moment or event. The result is a delightfully layered story, both visual and verbal, told from multiple points of view. Its wide appeal will capture readers who are interested in great photography, famous figures, and the political and cultural life of our times.




About the Author
Diana Walker was a contract photographer for "Time "magazine for many years. She served as one of "Time"'s two White House photographers during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. Walker has published two books of her photographs and has done many features over the years for "People", "Fortune", "The New York Times Magazine", and "The Village Voice". In 2012, Walker was honored with the Henry Luce Lifetime Achievement Award. Her photographs are displayed in the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis Museum of Art. She and her husband Mallory live in Washington, DC.
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