A New York Times photographer assigned to cover the White House just made a statement that is sure to generate opinions across the political spectrum: President Donald Trump is more accessible to photograph than former President Barack Obama.
In a snippet from a recent interview with C-SPAN, Doug Mills, New York Times staff photographer, compared and contrasted his experiences photographing the former and current occupants of the Oval Office. Mills stated how exciting it is working in the White House at the moment and said, "from a photographer's standpoint, we get a lot more access to the president. I see him more on a daily basis than we did with Barack Obama." Mills went on to say that there are days where he is able to photograph Trump multiple times in a variety of situations, including meetings, bill signings, and on his frequent weekend trips to his properties, such as Mar-a-Lago resort and Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster.
Mills photographed Obama for the eight-year duration of his presidency and has photographed Trump during his first year in office. Mills said, "I think photographing Barack Obama for eight years, he was probably the most photogenic president in my generation...I look at just the past year photographing Donald Trump and he's probably one of the most iconic."
Mills said that the greater access to Trump has resulted in more opportunity to spend time finding creative angles and interesting lighting by which to tell his photojournalistic stories. Mills utilizes a monopod at times to obtain unique overhead shots of the president in the Oval Office. He pre-focuses and eyeballs the composition, hoping for the best. The results can be striking, offering a new vantage point of key events.
You can watch the full interview with Mills on C-SPAN's website.
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