‘The Eyes of History 2012’Opens Sept. 28 at the Newseum
From the White House to war zones, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill, the photographers of the White House News Photographers Association capture newsmaking moments across the nation and around the world.
The Newseum showcases the best of these images in “The Eyes of History 2012,” a new exhibit featuring award-winning photojournalism from the WHNPA’s annual competition. The exhibit opens at the Newseum on Sept. 28, 2012.
“The Eyes of History 2012” highlights more than 70 prize-winning photographs, along with video and new media, from WHNPA photographers and videographers, including the winners of the competition’s top awards — Photographer of the Year, Political Photo of the Year, Video Photographer of the Year and Video Editor of the Year. The exhibit features news photography of the people and events that shaped the world in 2011.
Charles Dharpak of the Associated Press was named Photographer of the Year for his portfolio that includes photos of President Barack Obama shaking the prosthetic hand of an Army Ranger wounded in Afghanistan and first lady Michelle Obama‘s surprise visit to a suburban Target store.
Andrew Harnik of The Washington Times won the Political Photo of the Year award for his image of presidential hopeful Ron Paul delivering a speech as a military veteran raises his fist in support. The photo is part of Harnik’s award-winning portfolio tracking Republican candidates on the campaign trail.
Also featured in the exhibit is Washington Post photographer Nikki Kahn’s portrait series of civil rights leaders who have carried on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She made the photos to markthe 2011 opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.
Two original Newseum-produced videos feature interviews with the still photographers as well as Video Photographer of the Year Louie Eroglu of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Video Editor of the Year Garrett Hubbard, formerly with USA Today.
“Photojournalists capture the moments that define our time,” said Jim Duff, CEO of the Newseum. “The prize-winning photos in this exhibit remind us of the critical role journalists play in recording the people and events that make history.”
Photographer of the Year Charles Dharapak will speak at the Newseum’s Inside Media program on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m. The Newseum will host Nikon Photo Day on Nov. 17, featuring Dharapak, Andrew Harnik and Nikki Khan discussing their photos, with activities throughout the day celebrating photojournalism.
The exhibit also traces the history of the WHNPA. Founded in 1921 — when the two things barred from the U.S. Capitol were dogs and photographers — the association has served as “the eyes of history” for 91 years. Members of the WHNPA cover the president, Congress and major news events in Washington and around the world. The awards were established in 1941. This year, more than 250 photographers competed for awards in 50 categories.
Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of “The Eyes of History 2012” exhibit.
“The White House News Photographers play a pivotal role in capturing historical moments as they happen,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “We are proud to support photojournalism and partner with the Newseum to bring this exciting collection to the public.”
This exhibit was created in cooperation with the White House News Photographers Association. The photographic prints in the exhibit have been generously provided by National Geographic.
“The Eyes of History 2012” will be on display through March 29, 2013.
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