Tensions Between White House Photographer and Press Corps

3 December 2013PhotographyPolitics

Mark Landler, reporting for The New York Times:

In a letter two weeks ago to the press secretary, Jay Carney, the White House Correspondents’ Association and other organizations, including The New York Times, protested that the White House routinely excluded news photographers from sessions with the president and then released photographs of the events, usually taken by Mr. Souza.

“You are, in effect, replacing independent journalism with visual press releases,” said the letter, which criticized the White House’s policy as “an arbitrary restraint and unwarranted interference in legitimate news-gathering activities.”

I often look through the White House Flickr account or browse Pete Souza’s relatively new Instagram account, but hadn’t given much thought or attention to the fact that the photos are often taken in the absence of any other news media.