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50 years of work by official White House photographers featured in exhibit at Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00AM

Also on display will be photos of presidential and campaign visits to Macomb

For the past half century, it’s been the job of official White House photographers to capture as much as possible of every presidential day. Fifty prints of both iconic and rarely seen White House photos are showcased in the National Geographic Society traveling exhibition The President's Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office, which will be at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township July 13 - Oct. 15.

Assembled by three-time Emmy Award-winner John Bredar, the exhibit features works by veteran presidential photographers David Hume Kennerly (photographer for Gerald Ford), David Valdez (George H.W. Bush), Bob McNeely (Bill Clinton), Eric Draper (George W. Bush), Pete Souza (Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama) and more.

The White House hired its first official photographer in 1963, during the administration of President John F. Kennedy.  Since then, all presidents except Jimmy Carter have had official photographers. Some presidents, such as Gerald Ford, provided them nearly unfettered access. Others, such as Richard Nixon, were more controlling. The National Geographic exhibit highlights the different styles of the photographers as well as of the presidents they worked for.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center will also be exhibiting about 20 photos of presidents and presidential and vice presidential candidates who have visited Macomb Community College. The Macomb photos, which date back to 1984, include Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Barack Obama.

The exhibit is free to view, and no registration is required. Hours are:

  • July 13 – Sept. 2: Monday – Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Sept. 6 – Oct. 15:  Monday – Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Sunday.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), in Clinton Township.

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community's heritage, examining topics from a variety of perspectives and creating interactive opportunities for learning, celebration and entertainment. The cultural center is adjacent to the Macomb Center for Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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