How good are we at remembering former presidents decades after their service is over? What are the things that help us to remember their time in office? Obviously, since this is a photography community and education website, I'd wager this: that the photographs taken during their presidency help shape our memories of those years.
David Valdez was U.S. President George H. W. Bush's chief photographer. He documented decades of the life of one man, following him during his vice presidency, presidency, and his life afterwards. Valdez was fortunate enough to be present for many of Bush's life's biggest moments, such as seeing his grandson for the first time. I can't imagine what it would be life to have a career focused around the life of one person, especially a president.
In this interview on WBUR's "Here & Now with Robin Young," Valdez talks about his time as Bush's photographer, how it affected his own life, what it was like to befriend a president, and more. Regardless of your political leanings, I think it's worth a listen and worth a visit to check out some of Valdez's images. Photographers are typically flies on the wall when it comes to documenting things like this, but it's nice to see some of those flies get recognition for the importance their work has for our history.