An intimate look at the Obama administration


JOHN F. KENNEDY always made good use of photojournalists. On the campaign trail, he was pictured with delegates, taking counsel from his brother, Robert, or carrying his young daughter and her rag doll. As president, he created the position of official White House staff photographer, and appointed Cecil Stoughton to capture, when requested, his public and family life. Lyndon Johnson also added Yoichi “Oke” Okamoto, a personal photographer, to his staff.

Over the course of his 34-month tenure, Stoughton took around 12,000 pictures of the Kennedy administration. “Camelot” was documented in a way the public had never seen before, and the pictures were a statement of openness, granting everyone privileged behind-the-scenes access to their president. Stoughton’s final assignment in that capacity was to photograph the shell-shocked huddle on Air Force One as Johnson was sworn in. 

When Okamoto accompanied his boss into the Oval Office, he suggested that the role of presidential photographer could usefully be…Continue reading

Powered by WPeMatico

Visualising the careers of musicians-turned-actors

THE news of Harry Styles’s casting in “Dunkirk” (2017) was met with bemusement. It was hard to imagine the boyband heartthrob, with his Mick Jagger-esque locks and floral suits, under siege on the beaches of northern France (rather than under siege from hordes of teenage girls). Did a short comic …

Britain could become basketball’s latest global outpost

FOR ONE night a year the O2 Arena, London’s biggest indoor stadium, belongs to basketball. On January 11th the 20,000-seat venue hosted its eighth regular-season fixture since 2011, between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, the former of whom are genuine championship contenders this season in the National Basketball …

Is art-connoisseur yet another job threatened by technology?

THE patient is carefully positioned on a pristine rectangular table. A signal is given, and from behind a glass wall, a technician directs an X-ray machine overhead. Zapping begins. This is not a hospital. It is the conservation laboratory of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Visits here were part of the …